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Building a home is a nerve racking ordeal. In our case, add to the stress the uncertainties of making it out of hempcrete. In spite of all the unknowns and drawbacks, I am most gratified to have Bellingham Bay Builders (BBB) at my side. The whole staff is terrific, but I am especially appreciating having Ross Grier as lead man. His expert planning, attention to detail, and building experience are impressive. His relaxed and insightful manner in dealing with people is essential for team building. And, what first persuaded me to choose BBB, the forthright statement of intent (burned onto a slab of wood by the front door) gave me the necessary confidence that working together would be based in ethical and respectful relationship.
HHH Founder Pamela Bosch recently returned from her annual extended fact-finding trip to Europe. Among other stops, she hit Steve Allin's International Hemp Building Association Symposium in Italy and the HempToday Hemp2020 Investment Summit in Poland. Along the way, Pamela spent time with Hana Gabrielova, Hempoint, in the Czech Republic and with Albert Dun, Dun Agro, in Holland. These pictures are from Pam's visit at Hemp2020 in Poland. More on Hemp2020.
Read Pamela's reflections:
Part I: Stick together, harmonize, express yourself
Part II: Possibilities for better living
"It just ticks so many boxes, from production on the farm, through processing, to performance advantages in the building. It’s hard not to like it! It sequesters 1.7kg of carbon for every 1kg used, it is a nitrogen fixer in soil, . . . (more)
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has vetoed a measure that would have started up hemp growing in the state. From HempToday.
Highland Hemp House (HHH) founder Pamela Bosch will speak on “Deep Green Building” during a Sustainability Crash Course at New York’s Pratt Institute next month. Bellingham, WA-based HHH does a range of hemp advocacy work at the state and federal levels, and is leading a pilot project using hemp as a retrofit solution for a traditional wood-frame home.
The April 2 short course, a part of Green Week at Pratt, gathers leading thinkers and practitioners in sustainability who join with Pratt faculty in a series of lectures and presentations. The annual event is organized by Pratt’s Center for Sustainable Design Studies, an education and research program. (From HempToday)