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The 12-storey at 84 Harrington Street in Cape Town has been named as the world’s tallest to be constructed from hempcrete blocks and hemp building materials. The property was bought in 2016 by Hemporium’s Duncan Parker with the idea of having it as the brand’s flagship store and “Hemp Hotel”. Hempcrete blocks, made from the woody core of the cannabis plant and a formulated lime mix, are carbon negative, with more carbon taken out of the atmosphere by the growth of the cannabis plant than emitted by its production. The plant-based building material also has great thermal insulation qualities, lowering the need for heating and cooling systems which saves on energy bills.