PA: Hempcrete workshop June 6th, 2015 with Hemp Heals Foundation & Keystone Cannabis Coalition

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ROBESONIA, PA – The Hemp Heals Foundation and the Keystone Cannabis Coalition have partnered up for a one of kind building with Hempcrete* workshop Saturday June 6th, 2015. This hands on, interactive Hempcrete workshop will run from 9am to 5pm and will be instructed by John Patterson of Tiny Hemp Houses based in Colorado. In addition to the learning experience provided in this class there will also be live MUSIC by Philadelphia’s own, reggae jam rock artist JAY D CLARK, speakers, including State Senator Mike Folmer and Rep. Russ Diamond, hemp foods and more.

Hempcrete is a renewable building material being used to build walls, flooring and walkways. It is an environmentally advantaged production that it is sustainable, efficient and inexpensive and is breathable, pest, mold and mildew resistant.

In the name of Hemp History Week, this educational workshop will help teach the fundamentals of building with Hempcrete. This fun and informative class will help prepare you for the new green building industry. Have you ever dreamed of having a home that was more healthy and made out of natural materials? Or how about one that was built with longevity, simplicity, efficiency, fire resistance and comfort in mind?

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In this intensive, one day interactive workshop, participants will learn important recipes to mix hemp with a lime based binder to produce Hempcrete and learn about shuttering. tamping and safety when using.

John Patterson has been a carpenter and a hemp advocate for over 30 years. In 2012, he began learning how to use industrial hemp to build houses. He now teaches workshops all over the United States building with industrial hemp. John entertains his audience as he motivates them to be a part of the industrial hemp movement.

More about Hempcrete:

Hempcrete is a mixture of hemp hurds (shives) and lime (possibly including natural hydraulic limesand, pozzolans or cement) used as a material for construction and insulation. It is marketed under names like Hempcrete, Canobiote, Canosmose, and Isochanvre. Hempcrete is easier to work with than traditional lime mixes and acts as an insulator and moisture regulator. It lacks the brittleness of concrete and consequently does not need expansion joints.

The typical compressive strength is around 1 MPa, around 1/20 that of residential grade concrete. Hempcrete walls must be used together with a frame of another material that supports the vertical load in building construction, as hempcrete’s density is 15% that of traditional concrete.

Like other plant products, the hemp crop absorbs carbon dioxide gas as it grows, retaining the carbon and releasing the oxygen. 165 kg of carbon can be theoretically absorbed and locked up by 1 m of hempcrete wall over many decades as the hempcrete petrifies. — via Wikipedia

More about: Hemp Heals Foundation
More about: Keystone Cannabis Coalition
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