Industrial hemp was the big winner at the Master Builders Western Australia awards on Saturday night with Sharlene Mavor’s ‘Indica Hemp House’, built by Hemp Homes Australia, scoring in six categories.

The awards showcase exceptional craft, a commitment to building excellence and upholding the highest professional standards in construction.

Mavor said the design of the house, located in Wilyabrup in WA’s Margaret River wine region, evolved over time. But she always knew it would be “special”.

The team behind the ‘Indica Hemp House’ celebrate their six wins

“Part of the reason we built it was to showcase hemp and hempcrete,” she added. “We are incredibly proud and grateful that hempcrete has really had a spotlight put on it as a result [of the wins].”

The hemp used to construct the property – which is available as a short-term holiday rental and has Tourism Australia and Sustainable Tourism Accreditation – is grown and processed locally.

Mavor said it was initially only entered for its use of alternative building materials, but when the judges came to inspect it they recommended it go forward in a number of other categories.

And on the night, it scooped the awards for:  

  • Best Alternative Construction Home
  • Excellence in Alternative Finishes
  • Supervisor of the Year – Gary Rogers, Hemp Homes Australia
  • Excellence in External Finishes
  • Best Contract Home – A$1m-$1.5m
  • Best Country Home South West (the top award of the night)

Writing on LinkedIn, Hemp Homes Australia co-founder Georgina Wilkinson said it was the first time the Master Builders Association WA has rewarded a hempcrete building.

She added it was “wonderful to see industrial hemp… recognised at this level”.

The house is now eligible to compete in the national awards.

Prior to launching Cannabiz, Martin was co-founder and CEO of Asia-Pac’s leading B2B media and marketing information brand Mumbrella, overseeing its sale to Diversified Communications in 2017. A journalist...

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