Passive House: Huon Hemp Haus

The earthy Huon Hemp Haus in southern lutruwita/Tasmania was designed to be energy efficient, sustainable and to stay warm over the long chilly winters.

The popularity of passive-solar hemp homes is booming in Tasmania, where residents are drawn to hemp’s warmth and its ability to continue to sequester carbon after the build is complete. It’s becoming so popular that in tiny Police Point in far southern Tasmania, with a population of just 82, there are now three hemp homes.

One, the Huon Hemp Haus, belongs to Rebecca Scott, a self-described climate refugee who moved from Victoria to Tasmania two and a half years ago. She’d already built her own off-grid straw-bale home in central Victoria in 2012, which she loved, but she felt the need to move to cooler climes.