John Patterson is a hemp builder and lecturer based in northern Colorado, and the founder of Tiny Hemp Houses. A carpenter and furniture designer by trade, he also has worked on commercial and residential building projects, and has researched sustainable living methods since the 1970s. John has specialized training in residential building, envelope and fenestration installation, and in 1997 designed and built his own off-the-grid home complete with its own solar-based electricity plant.
HempToday: When did you first become aware of hemp as a building material?
John Patterson: In 2012 I was invited to attend the City of Fort Collins Green Building Code courses. I was happy to know that green building had come so far as to actually have been written into the code. But what I noticed was that the green building industry was only really concerned with energy efficiency, and the blower door test was the only significant measure of how efficient a building was. We keep adding new systems to the old outdated building systems of the 50’s. So I sought to find a better way and that’s when I found Steve Allin’s Hemp Building Course in Prescott, Wisconsin. I signed up and flew out for his three-day course.