Essential Hempcrete Construction
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At our Essential Hempcrete workshop you will learn how you can create a remarkable home insulation material from the hemp plant!
This workshop is based on the new book, Essential Hempcrete Construction
, written by course instructor Chris Magwood.
Hempcrete (or hemp-lime) construction uses chopped hemp hurd (the woody core of the hemp plant) mixed with hydraulic lime to create an insulation material with excellent thermal, moisture-handling, fire-resistance, non-toxic and structural properties. Hempcrete is also a carbon sequestering material.
In the Essential Hempcrete workshop, you will find out how hempcrete is made, see a slideshow of various Canadian and international hempcrete building projects, and gain an understanding of how, why and where hempcrete is an appropriate material choice. In the classroom, we will look at the costs, material sourcing and building science of using hempcrete on new building projects and renovations.
In the hands-on component of the workshop, you will learn how to assess the necessary materials and create a hempcrete mix that is appropriate for wall, floor and roof installations. We will use mixing machinery to create batches of hempcrete, and learn how to place them in a wall, floor and roof. Different types of framing and shuttering (or forming) systems will be demonstrated. You will learn how to work safely with the materials and equipment used for hempcrete production. Every participant will leave with a hempcrete block they cast themselves!
Our Essential Hempcrete workshop is the primer you need to start making and installing your own hempcrete insulation!
Essential Hempcrete workshop fee includes healthy lunch (vegan and vegetarian options available)