Hempcrete retrofit project in U.S. state of Washington advances

Highland Hemp House, Bellingham, WashingtonFraming is nearly complete at Highland Hemp House, Bellingham, Washington, USA, which will get hempcrete infill this spring 2018

A pioneering hempcrete project in the U.S. state of Washington will get final framing touches next month, with wall infill to begin in early May, Pamela Bosch, Founder at the Highland Hemp House project in Bellingham told HempToday.

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Contractors working on the project include Matt Mead of U.S.-based hempcrete construction firm Hempitecture and local builder Ross Grier, Bellingham Bay Builders. The hemp hurd supply for the project was provided from Dun Agro, Holland while Wolf Jordan & Associates, Belgium, is supplying proprietary additive for the hempcrete mix.

A learning center for healthy living

In addition to hosting hands-on building workshops, Highland Hemp House also will serve as a learning center. “Our aim is to demonstrate hempcrete as the perfect building material for human comfort and sustainability,” Bosch said. The project will also showcase innovative solutions to maximize energy efficiency.

Workshops to run May-June this year will offer hands-on experience with hemp-lime to builders, architects, contractors, suppliers and self-builders. The HHH workshops are under the Deep Green Building Network, which hosts hemp building events in Europe and in the USA where it also partners with Tiny Hemp Houses, Ft. Collins, Colorado and The Fort, Duluth Minnesota.

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