Building with Hempcrete, gets students proficient in making, mixing and building structures with Hempcrete through an 8 day intensive course, July 19th-26th. Sustainable and affordable for projects such as a Tiny Home or Shed, ‘Hempcrete’ is the popular term for a hemp–lime composite building material. It is created by wet-mixing the chopped woody stem of the hemp plant (hemp shiv) with a lime-based binder to create a material that can be cast into moulds. This forms a non-load-bearing, sustainable, ‘breathable’ (vapour permeable) and insulating material that can be used to form walls, floor slabs, ceilings and roof insulation, in both new build and restoration projects.
Students will become proficient in working with Hempcrete through this 8 days course. We will be mixing and making our own hempcrete, starting with the bulk hempshiv and mixing it with lime and water and filling a mold to create walls. We will then learn tamping techniques and placement.
So, why would you want to build your Tiny Home out of Hempcrete? The benefits of it include:
High vapor permeability Humidity control
Fire and pest resistance
Passive self regulation of temperature and humidity
Specific topics included in this course are:
What is hempcrete(or hemp lime)?
Properties of hempcrete
Parts in the mix
Making and installing shuttering
Checking the mix
Finishing placement ( windows, doors, etc…)
Mixing lime plaster
Finishing the project
The total for the 8 days is $800. This course runs Sunday July 19 through Sunday July 26, 9-5pm daily in East Alstead NH. Snacks and lunch are provided. Students have the option to buy into a nightly family style dinner for $15 a night, which will be served on location. Food preferences and allergies will be accommodated, we will email you directly to obtain this information.
CAMPING ON LOCATION AVAILABLE
Due to the extended nature of this course, we have opened up our 7 acres to offer on-site camping for an additional $20 per/night. Students will need to come prepared for tent camping (sorry, no electrical or water hook-ups for campers, tents only), there is a composting toilet and outdoor shower on-site in addition to a communal campfire pit, and a large tented community area. Light breakfast will be available for campers (on-site produced – probably right next to your tent – free-range eggs, local milk and bread). Local amenities include Lake Warren (we have small watercraft for campers’ use), hiking, local stoneground bakery Orchard Hill Breadworks, Belgian Mare Brewery and local music venue Mole Hill Theater