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Scientists plan house of straw

Plans to build a house made of cannabis and straw have been announced by scientists.

A BaleHaus, which is made of prefabricated straw bales and hemp cladding panels, will be made by researchers at the University of Bath this summer.

The university said straw is renewable - making it the “ultimate environmentally-friendly building material”.

The BaleHaus, which will be made from locally-grown straw, will have a zero carbon footprint due to the straw absorbing carbon dioxide as it grows.

Also, a straw house does not need conventional heating due to its high-insulating properties, the university said.

Straw and hemp are being assessed as building materials by the researchers in a bid to bring them into the building industry - a move which could help the UK achieve its carbon emission targets.

The BaleHaus, which is due to be finished by late summer, will be made using ModCell - prefabricated panels comprising of a wooden frame filled with straw bales or hemp.