Hemp building in Mexico on tap at IHBA

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Natural builder and renewable energy advocate Steven Clarke will talk about hempcrete construction and sustainable energy for Mexico during this year’s International Hemp Building Association 2017 Symposium. The Symposium is Oct. 17-18, 2017, in Quebec.

Clark, who teaches construction and sustainability classes in Mexico, has worked with bamboo framing in combination with hemp and coconut as wall construction material. He is the owner of HeavenGrown.

A total of 17 speakers will cover such topics as technological innovations and research and test results on hempcrete component materials; a number of recent hemp construction projects will also be presented:
• Sergiy Kovalenkov, Hempire, Ukraine, will make a presentation about a hemp-built mobile tiny house he recently completed in in Baha California, Mexico and talk about the framing system his firm is using to make hempcrete domes.
• Gabriel Gauthier, ArtCan, Canada, will review hempcrete-based renovation projects carried out by his firm, which is host organizer for the Symposium.
• Terry Radford, Just BioFiber Structural Solutions Corp., Alberta, Canada will present a sustainable high performance building construction system with hemp that his firm has developed which offers major advantages in structural strength and energy savings.
• Dhiraj K. Shah, Shah Hemp Inno-Ventures (SHIV), Nepal, will talk about “Hempcrete for Evolving Nations” and present building and rebuilding projects his firm has completed near Kathmandu using locally-produced hempcrete.

This marks the first time the IHBA event, now in its 7th year, is being held outside Europe. The Symposium, widely recognized as the world’s leading forum on hemp construction, is moderated by IHBA Director Steve Allin. Registration is still open for the event.