11th hemp building symposium will look at carbon, science, technology

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Carbon credits and how they relate to the hemp construction sector will be featured during this year’s International Hemp Building Symposium, set for Amsterdam Oct. 10-11.

Nando Knodel, a co-founder at Hamburg-based HempConnect, will cover that subject on Day 1 of the symposium. Knodel is the author of a recent paper on “Carbon in Hemp,” which suggests that a current shortage of certified carbon credits is an opportunity for hemp. His company is focused on circular agriculture and carbon removal through the combination of hemp and pyrolysis.

Science & technology

Also on the program are presentations about research science, new technologies and products, and hemp-building projects during the 11th edition of the symposium, organized by Steve Allin, Director of the International Hemp Building Association (IHBA).

A number of presentations on hemp panels for the construction industry are also on the program, from speakers Robert Schwemmer, Silent Fiber, Germany; Remi Loren, Ekolution AB Sweden; and Chloe Donovan, Natural Building Systems Ltd, UK.

Demonstrations & field trip

Demonstrations of equipment are also on tap during the symposium. Kristaps Eglitas will demonstrate the HurdMaster MD1000Air, a micro-decorticator he developed which is being sold all over the world. Damien Baumer, Ereasy, France will demonstrate a hempcrete sprayer by applying wet material to the prototype formwork of an emergency housing dome.

Finally, participants will make a field trip to visit the massive hempcrete casting project carried out at the Voorst town hall in Twello, Netherlands.

Allin pioneered the IHBA, which he serves as director. An author, teacher and consultant, he has been building with hemp and promoting hemp’s use in construction all over the world for the last 20 years. He is the author of Hemp Buildings: 50 International Case Studies (Seedpress, 2021), and Building with Hemp (Seed Press, 2005, 2012), and an extensive collection of papers on hemp-based construction.

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