Hempitecture co-founders Tommy Gibbons and Matthew Mead, both 29, made it onto Forbes’ 2020 30 Under 30 list in the category of Manufacturing and Industry.

     The company, founded in 2013 and based in Ketchum, uses hempcrete, a hemp-based building material that absorbs CO2 emissions and improves insulation, in building sustainable and fire-resistant homes and buildings. Together, they built the country’s first public-use building made of hempcrete at Idaho Base Camp, east of Trail Creek Summit. In October, the company hosted an industrial hemp conference in Ketchum that drew more than 170 attendees and brought speakers from around the world to discuss the latest in hemp building technology.

     “We’re hopeful that our recognition on this list with shine a spotlight on the emerging hemp industry here in the U.S. and the importance of sustainable building materials and methods,” a press release from the company states. “None of this would be possible without the Hempitecture team, everyone who has worked with us both past and present, our clients and all those who have believed in us and have supported our mission.”

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