Hempitecture is a plant-based building materials company headquartered in Ketchum, and recently announced an expansion in the Magic Valley. Hempitecture utilizes the husk of hemp stalks to produce building products such as Hempcrete and HempWool. Hempcrete is an insulating building material that is derived from limestone and the woody core fiber of industrial hemp stalks, and HempWool is a fiber batt insulation product created using industrial hemp stalks.

Hempitecture partnered with the University of Idaho, which was awarded an IGEM-Commerce grant for $206,624 to conduct research on the development of their natural fiber insulation, HempWool. The team will conduct tests on its ability to insulate, its fire resistancy and its thermal conductivity.

The future looks bright for the company with a new 20,000 square-foot manufacturing facility set to be developed in Jerome County, with goals to domesticate their supply chain and new hires to be onboarded in the coming months.

“We are really thrilled to have our business located in Idaho and we are feeling very appreciative of the resources that we are afforded here in Idaho, especially now as we are working through the IGEM program with the University of Idaho,” Mattie Mead, Hempitecture CEO and Founder said. “There is a huge amount of opportunity afforded here in the state and it’s really a pleasure to be located here to grow our business.”