Hemp board, load-bearing blocks, modular builds on tap at IHBA

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The development of hemp board, modular hemp construction, and load-bearing hemp bricks are only a few of the topics on tap at the International Hemp Building Symposium, March 31 – April 2 in the UK.

A wide range of applications and technology, and updates from several countries around the world are also on the program for the 9th annual Symposium, moderated by Steve Allin, Director of the International Hemp Building Association (IHBA), the event’s organizer. Booking for the Symposium, to be held at Hornington Manor in Yorkshire, UK, is available on the IHBA website.

Tour on Day 2

Participants also will make a factory tour and visit local hemp building projects on the first day of the Symposium, with hempcrete spraying demonstrations planned for the morning of Thursday, April 2. 

Lawrence Serbin, Hemp Traders and CannaGrove, USA, will talk about “The long road to a Hemp Board.” Serbin has been in the hemp industry for 29 years, and is owner and president of California-based Hemp Traders and CannaGrove. He is the current chairman of the California Industrial Hemp Advisory Board, founder of the California Hemp Industries Association and former president of the (U.S.) National Hemp Industries Association.

Albert Dun, Dun Agro Hemp Group, Netherlands, and independent developer Remi Loren, Sweden, will address modular building systems on Day 2 of the Symposium. Dun will give a presentation on “Modular Housing Development,” while Loren will talk about “Establishing Hemp Construction in Sweden with Modular Systems and Retrofitting”; Charlotte de Bellefroid, Isohemp, Belgium, is to present “Developing a Hempcrete Block System.”

Other speakers

Other speakers and their topics are: Damien Baumer, Vicat and Ereasy, France, “Tests results by ENTPE of LCG Ereasy 120, a new binder”; Monika Brümmer, Cannabric and Adrah Nouh project, Spain/Germany, “Hemp entry to the Africa Solar Decathlon 2019”; Roger Dauer & Henrik Pauly, Hanf Kalk, Germany, “Establishing the use of Hempcrete in Germany”; Liam Donohoe, Technical University Dublin, Ireland, “Classifying Hempcrete: Latest Result”; Paloma Gormley, Practice Architecture, UK, “Designing a Hemp house with prototype Hempfibre external sheeting”; Ian Pritchett, Greencore Construction Ltd.,  UK, “Offsite construction with the Biond System.”

Also: Paolo Ronchetti, TecnoCanapa Bioedilizia, Italy, “The continued developments in the Italian Hemp Building Sector”; Alex Sparrow, UK Hempcrete, “The Present Situation in the UK with Regard to Hemp Building Materials and Systems”; Henry Valles, U.S. Hemp Building Association, USA, “USHBA Approach to Attaining Building Codes for Hempcrete”; Christopher Whitman, Welsh School of Architecture, UK, “Comparative testing of replacement infill materials for historic timber-framed buildings”; and Kirstie Wulf, Shelter Building Design, Australia, “Bushfires and Hemp Building in Australia.”

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