Basics of Building with Hempcrete
3 Days – 8:00am to 3:30pm
Hempcrete is a sustainable, mold-resistant, rot-resistant, pest-resistant, fire-resistant, carbon sequestering building material that provides optimal indoor air quality and energy efficiency. It’s an ideal infill for additions, remodels, retrofits, and new construction. This hands-on workshop introduces the basic principles and work practices needed to build with industrial hemp. The lecture, demonstrations, and hands-on exercises cover the benefits of hempcrete as a building material, proper mixing techniques, installing a hempcrete wall, and various functional and decorative finishes to coat hempcrete structures. Under the guidance of experienced masons from LimeWorks.us, participants will also have the opportunity to practice building hempcrete walls using chopped hemp hurd (the woody core of the hemp plant) mixed with lime binders provided by LimeWorks.us. Prior masonry experience is helpful but not required.
After completing the workshop participants will:
- Understand the science of hemp hurd—what makes it carbon negative and why it’s such a great insulator.
- Recognize how to mix, form, and cure hempcrete properly.
- Realize the various applications for hempcrete including walls, floors, and ceilings.
- Be able to construct a slip form wall using hempcrete.
The workshop will be held at the historic Millhafen Farm—the headquarters of Craftwork Training Center and LimeWorks.us—located at 3145 State Road, Telford, PA 18969. A nonrefundable deposit of $100 is required two weeks in advance with the balance due at the beginning of the workshop. All the necessary materials and tools will be supplied and a light lunch is provided for your convenience. The program will start promptly at 8:00 am. Please arrive 15 minutes early to complete the check-in process and come appropriately dressed and prepared for hands-on training. To ensure an exceptional learning experience, the class size is limited. However, a minimum of 3 participants is required to hold the workshop.