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Essential Hempcrete Building Two-Day Workshop with Chris Magwood

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Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College (A-B Tech)

340 Victoria Road

Asheville, NC 28801

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At the Essential Hempcrete workshop, you will learn how you can create a remarkable home insulation material from the hemp plant. This workshop is based on the new book, Essential Hempcrete Construction, written by course instructor Chris Magwood.

Hempcrete (or hemp-lime) construction uses chopped hemp hurd (the woody core of the hemp plant) mixed with hydraulic lime to create an insulation material with excellent thermal, moisture-handling, fire-resistance, non-toxic and structural properties. Hempcrete is also a carbon sequestering material.

In the Essential Hempcrete workshop, you will find out how hempcrete is made, see a slideshow of various Canadian and international hempcrete building projects, and gain an understanding of how, why and where hempcrete is an appropriate material choice. In the classroom, we will look at the costs, material sourcing and building science of using hempcrete on new building projects and renovations.

In the hands-on component of the workshop, you will learn how to assess the necessary materials and create a hempcrete mix that is appropriate for wall, floor and roof installations. Together, we will take on a project of building two 8' x 8' walls in the AB Tech campus pavilion to gain experience in working safely with the materials and equipment. Every participant will leave with a hempcrete block they cast themselves.

Running from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7 and Sunday, Sept. 8, this two-day Essential Hempcrete workshop is the primer you need to start making and installing your own hempcrete insulation.

Space is limited to 15 participants in this hands-on workshop.

This two-day workshop is the main and final event of a three-part series of workshops in Asheville with Chris Magwood from Friday, Sept. 6 through Sunday, Sept. 8, being hosted with the generous support of A-B Tech's Construction Management, Building Science and Sustainability Technologies Department.

Instructor Bio:

Chris Magwood is obsessed with making the best, most energy efficient, beautiful and inspiring buildings without wrecking the whole darn planet in the attempt. Chris is executive director at The Endeavour Centre for Innovative Learning, Building and Living in Ontario, and has authored seven books on sustainable building, including Essential Sustainable Home Design (2017), Essential Prefab Straw Bale Construction (2016), Essential Hempcrete Construction (2016), Making Better Buildings (2014), and More Straw Bale Building (2005). Learn more at chrismagwood.ca and endeavourcentre.org.

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