Ready to put your specification where your aspiration is? Take a deep dive into the rich world of carbon-beneficial materials and help lead our industry in responsible design and construction solutions. Hempcrete is a bio-composite material created from the woody core of the hemp plant combined with a lime-based binder. Trusted around the world as a robust, high-performance sustainable building system, HempLime entered the US market a decade ago and is poised to take the industry by storm. Learn the technical and performance characteristics, demystify how to specify and construct with this proven material, and join a growing community of radically responsible industry stewards.
Professional credits (or CEUs, "continuing education units") are not available at this time; check back later for options to earn credits.
Summarize the history of hemp and hempcrete, the regulatory barriers in the US that are slowly easing, and describe examples from pioneers in hemp building from Europe and the first projects in New England
Identify sources for hemp and lime, and explain methods for installation of this alternative material, the state of research internationally versus in the US, and what considerations are necessary from a code standpoint to build
Use Hempcrete as a monolithic solid-wall construction material for building carbon-beneficial envelopes as an alternative to current assemblies used in high performance buildings that are entangled multi-layered assemblies more heavily laden with embodie
List low-cost material solutions to reduce toxins in the building and improve the healthfulness of a building
Although CEUs are not available at this time; check back later for options to earn CEUs
Flexible Online Training for Industry Professionals
This is a self-study, self-paced online course. You can begin instantly upon enrollment and complete the course materials at your own pace.
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After enrolling, the course materials will remain in your account and be accessible 12 months (1 year) after enrollment. Access can be extended beyond 1 year with a monthly membership. Rewatch videos and review assignments as many times as you want. View updates the instructor makes to the course as the industry advances. Return to your course anytime with online access from anywhere in the world.
Not Eligible for Continuing Education Credits or Certificates
Since this is a free course, it is not eligible for Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) and has not been approved by any credentialing organizations (NABCEP, AIA, USGBC etc). This course is for self education purposes only and completion does not indicate a level of professional expertise or credential. Certificates of completion and CEU Credits are only available for our premium paid courses.
Chief Embodied Officer, HempStone, LLC
Tom is on a quest to create radically responsible architecture. He began HempStone in 2018 after earning a Sustainable MBA. Tom’s research focused on the creation of a regional industrial hemp processing facility in New England.
Tom concurrently serves as CEO of Energia, a worker-owned cooperative specializing in building performance services that he started in 2009....[more]
Director, UK Hempcrete
Alex Sparrow is recognized globally as an expert on hempcrete construction. A director at UK Hempcrete, he co-authored The Hempcrete Book, published in 2014 and still the definitive guide to this remarkable building material. Alex speaks at events and provides training and consultancy world-wide for others wanting to use hempcrete.
Thompson Johnson Woodworks, Construction Project Manager
Licensed construction supervisor and manager with extensive experience in providing on-time/on-budget project delivery, site supervision, and construction management. Track record of building and managing diverse construction teams.
PHIUS Certified Passive House Builder and Consultant
Certified by Passive House Institute of US as a Certified Builder with the...[more]
Catalyst, HempStone, LLC
Advancing the intersection of design, construction, connection and ecology to catalyze sustainable architecture through natural building, ecological design, and creative engagement.
We need to radically revision the way that we design, build, and engage before we get past the point of no return environmentally. By collaborating and cooperating, we can learn how to be...[more]
Hempcrete 101: Back to the Future for Natural, Carbon-Beneficial Buildings
Hempcrete 101: Back to the Future for Natural, Carbon-Beneficial Buildings (Video - 01:28:39 hours)
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