Updated: Nov 4, 2021
Hempcrete: a simple mixture of hemp hurd, lime binder, and water. This simple and sustainable trio creates a surprisingly strong and lightweight building material that is non-toxic, antimicrobial, pest resistant, and fireproof. Hempcrete is a lesser-known innovation that has been around for hundreds of years, but the 2018 Farm Bill’s legalization of hemp as an agricultural commodity laid the foundation for this impressive building material to be grown and utilized.
Growing sustainable components for your home is on its way to the mainstream. However, the greatest barriers to hempcrete’s mass adoption are the lack of public education surrounding the material and lag in its supply chain development. Luckily, Austin, Texas will soon be host to a two-day summit that highlights and provides answers and insights to these issues. The Hemp Building Summit, an event focused on collaborative learning, networking, and idea-sharing in the sustainable building movement will be held at the world-class Austin Public Library on Friday, October 29th, and Saturday, October 30th, 2021.
Not only is the Hemp Building Summit a hub for innovation, but the venue itself is also innovative. The Austin Public Library, a Platinum LEED Certified building, was featured in TIME Magazine’s “World’s Greatest Places 2018” and has received an AIA Library Building Award. The incredible structure is home to a rooftop garden with the largest solar installation in Austin. The Austin Public Library is located at 710 W. César Chávez Street.
The event will also feature the Hemp Building Summit Slam – showcasing the best hemp building projects of 2020. Builders will present their projects, and participants will have the chance to vote for the “Most Innovative Project of the Year.” The summit is accepting project submissions until Thursday, September 30, 2021.
If you would like to join international hemp building experts and US hemp building leaders at the 2021 US Hemp Building Summit, tickets are $299.
Aside from the general admission ticket, there is an additional $25 ticket for a field trip to the Community First Village, showcasing a hemp building developed by Henry Valles of Austin-based Hemp Building Ventures.