Moroccan co-op’s project aims to save culture of the High Rif

SUNIMPLANT project in Morocco hempThe SUNIMPLANT project is applying traditional architectural concepts enhanced through bioclimatic, environmentally friendly construction technologies.

Moroccan cooperative Adrar Nouh is among a group of four organizations whose joint hemp-based project aimed at safeguarding the environment and culture of the Moroccan High Rif was selected to participate in the Solar Decathlon Africa 2019 competition.

Adrar Nouh worked with a team of Moroccan architectural students and international partners in the design of a prototype hemp house of 90 sq. meters.

The project, named SUNIMPLANT, incorporates a variety of ancestral hemp from the Rif, transforming it into new aggregates via a process developed by Adrar Nouh co-founder Monika Brümmer through her doctoral thesis at the University of Granada.

Brümmer, owner of Granada-based Cannabric, a maker of load-bearing hemp-clay blocks and bricks, will talk about the project during this year’s International Hemp Building Symposium in Belgium Oct. 16-17 in Brussels.

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.

Among other confirmed speakers for this year’s Symposium are Pamela Bosch, Highland Hemp House, USA: 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, USA.