U.S. hempcrete retrofit project broke through major barriers

Highland Hemp House, Bellingham, Washington, USAHighland Hemp House, Bellingham, Washington, USA

Pamela Bosch, founder of Highland Hemp House (USA) will reflect on her odyssey retrofitting a 1970s era stick frame home with hempcrete during this year’s International Hemp Building Symposium Oct. 16-17 in Brussels.

Bosch stripped away the toxic layers from the walls of her 1970s-era Bellingham, Washington home last spring, and through the summer replaced that material with a hempcrete mixture carefully sourced from suppliers and consultants in Europe.

She also convinced local authorities about hemp’s viability and successfully worked her project through local building codes – complex undertakings she’ll share at IHBA.

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The IHBA Symposium, which is hosted in a different part of the world each year, is led by veteran hemp builder Steve Allin, the Association’s Director. This year’s host and co-organizer is Wolf Jordan & Co, which is based in Brussels and Kalmthout, Belgium.

Other confirmed speakers for this year’s Symposium are: Monika Brümmer, Cannabric, Spain; Liam Donohoe, Dublin Institute of Technology; USA; Igor Bogdonavic, the Serbian developer of a hemp decorticator; Henry Valles, who worked on the first hemp home at the Community First Village in Austin, Texas, USA; and Matthew Mead, Hempitecture, Washington State, USA.