CAT will be hosting the 4th International Hemp Building Symposium on the 9th 10th April. The venue for the symposium is on of the most ambitious hemp and lime buildings in the UK, the WISE building at CAT. The two day event promises to be a most inspiring experience with talks from leading experts and builders in the industry divulging into discussions about the future of hemp industries.
Hemp itself is crop useful in adapting to climate change and can be sustainably grown. If used in buildings, it sequesters carbon dioxide, can be easily grown without the use of large quantities of chemical fertiliser or pesticides, which helps biodiversity. Hemp and lime is useful in retrofitting older buildings because it is breathable – allowing moisture to escape from the walls. The crop also has scope to be used for a wide range of other applications including clothing and nutrition.
You can book to attend the event which includes lunches and an evening meal with a tour of the hemp building and the option to stay on site. The accommodation and venue is CAT’s WISE building, which demonstrates environmentally conscious building techniques including rammed earth internal walls, a large timber frame structure and hemp and lime external walls. Among the speakers at the conference are Ranyl Rhydwen, a senior lecturer at CAT who is currently setting up our new masters degree in Sustainability and Adaptation. Several former CAT students will also present their work alongside an array of other experts in the field such as Dr Anna Arizzi from the School of Geography and the Environment Oxford UK and Paolo Ronchetti from Equlibrium Italy. For the full programme and list of speakers visit the International Hemp Association website.