Symposium to Learn about Pre-Fabricated Building Components, Visit Hempcrete Project on a Large Scale

Symposium to Feature Discussion on Pre-Fab Building Components and Site Visit to Large-Scale Hempcrete Project

The trend towards using prefabricated building components is increasing as interest in construction with hempcrete and hemp fibers grows.

This trend can be seen in the program of the 11th International Hemp Building Symposium, which will take place in Amsterdam on October 10-11. Steve Allin, the director of the International Hemp Building Association and organizer of the symposium, confirmed this.

Allin stated, “Many companies and groups of entrepreneurs are interested in creating a local version of hempcrete blocks or panels.”

During the event, Steven Clarke from Heavengrown, the developer of a new hemp block in Mexico, will present his product. Additionally, Robert Schwemmer from Silent Fiber in Germany and Werner Schönthaler from Schönthaler in Italy will discuss the development of hemp acoustic panels.

Municipal hemp building

One recurring topic at the IHBA symposium is the use of hempcrete as an infill for modular housing panels. This year, Chloe Donovan from Natural Building Systems will present a new easy-to-build system from a UK-based team. Remi Loren from Ekolution will also showcase projects featuring a panel system filled with hemp fiber insulation, developed by his company based in Sweden.

As part of the symposium, participants will visit the Voorst town hall in Twello, Netherlands, where a massive hempcrete casting rebuild has been carried out. This project serves as a public example of the municipality’s climate change and sustainability goals. Originally built in the 1980s, the building was unable to operate in an energy-efficient manner.

Hemp composite and mycelium?

One of the most revolutionary concepts to be presented at the symposium this year is the combination of hemp composite and mycelium, according to Allin, a leading international practitioner and teacher of natural building. He said, “When I first heard about the use of dried fungus root as a building material, I was very skeptical. However, it has proven its worth since then.” Igmar Nopens from CBiotech in the Netherlands will explain the hemp-and-mycelium concept during the two-day event.

Joseph Little from Technical University Dublin will address the material lifecycle and describe the effects of time and weather on an experimental structure he built and later dismantled in his garden.

Other topics on the IHBA program include large- and small-scale processing, carbon accounting and carbon credits, testing emergency shelter concepts, and education in light of the predicted future growth of the industry.

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