The Workshop Experience

"YouTube and Google laid the foundation for the idea of building with hempcrete, but Joe cemented my thoughts. Joe and his team had all the answers and their knowledge was outstanding. The ability to learn from THBC and then play with the product was amazing".

Dominic - Owner-builder, Melbourne

Let Joe D’Alo, Registered Builder and Director of The Hemp Building Company take you on a fascinating journey into the world of industrial hemp and hempcrete construction.

Discover how hempcrete buildings can be beautiful spaces, offer a healthy and comfortable interior, provide outstanding thermal and acoustic performance, and last a lifetime.

A special focus of our workshops are the environmental credentials and occupant health benefits of building with hempcrete.

This is a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience with an artisan skilled in the use of this incredibly versatile and environmentally sustainable building material.

Whether you are a professional, an owner-builder or a serious hempcrete enthusiast, we now have a workshop specifically tailored to suit your needs.

1 Day Workshop - Introduction To Hempcrete Building

The content and delivery of our 1 day Introduction To Hempcrete Building workshop will appeal to owner-builders and tradespeople, as well as anyone with an interest in hempcrete construction or natural building materials.

For those not requiring formal certification, our new workshop format offers an insightful, yet fun and informative training experience with a distinct focus on the relationship between the practical application of hemp and lime and the building structure.

Participants of our 1 day workshop will be introduced to many key practical considerations specific to hempcrete building, including design and planning issues, structural requirements in relation to building regulations, exterior and interior detailing and rendering/cladding options.

Led by an expert in the field of hempcrete construction, this workshop offers a valuable opportunity to gain some intensive hands-on instruction as you help to construct a section of a 'cast-in-situ' hemp wall. You will learn practical building techniques and tips, gain an understanding of the importance of accurate mixing ratios, develop proficiency in equipment operation and site logistics, and have an understanding of the OH&S requirements unique to hempcrete building.

Joe will discuss the various aesthetic finishes and traditional rendering application techniques currently available.

Our Introduction To Hempcrete Building Workshop is the ideal learning forum if you are thinking about building with Hempcrete, looking for inspiration, need some hints and practical tips, or if you simply love natural materials and would like to learn more about this incredible building method. 

2 Day Workshop - Hempcrete Building For Professionals & Owner Builders

Our 2 day professional workshop format will appeal to architects, tradespeople, owner-builders and educators, as well as anyone with an interest in hempcrete construction methods.

You will explore the remarkable properties of hemp, its use by various civilisations throughout history, and the 'rediscovery' of hemp in recent times as the ultimate environmentally conscious solution to contemporary building.

Joe will guide you through the key theoretical and practical issues to consider when building with hemp, including design and planning considerations, Planning and Building Permit requirements, structural requirements, building regulations, interior detailing, traditional rendering finishes and external cladding options. You will also gain an insight into the hemp building industry in Australia and internationally today.

Day 1 of the Hempcrete Building for Professionals & Owner Builders Workshop includes an intensive theory component where you will examine the physical characteristics of hemp hurd and lime, explore the potential applications of hempcrete in a building, how to select the appropriate hemp binder for each application and the importance of this decision when it comes to Building Permit approval, and take an in-depth look at current building regulations and their impact on hempcrete construction. Joe will discuss the various aesthetic finishes and traditional rendering application techniques available.

On Day 2, you will have the opportunity for some hands-on instruction as you help to construct a section of a 'cast-in-situ' hemp wall. You will learn practical building techniques and tips, gain an understanding of the importance of accurate mixing ratios, develop proficiency in equipment operation and site logistics, and have an understanding of the OH&S requirements unique to hempcrete building.

Unique to The Hemp Building Company, our Hempcrete Building For Professionals & Owner Builders Workshop has been designed to provide you with an Installers Certificate. You will use CodeMark®* certified materials and receive training that is recognised by CodeMark® Australia. CodeMark® certification and its importance in obtaining building permit approval will be explained in detail.

The Hempcrete Building for Professionals & Owner Builders Workshop has been designed to give you the confidence and technical skills to get you off the drawing board and on your way to creating your own dream hempcrete build, or give you the platform to take on client projects and the opportunity to be listed on our National Hempcrete Installers Register. 

"THBC have put together a fantastic two day course. Joe leads the class which feels more like a round table discussion, allowing the group to seamlessly integrate existing knowledge with the benefits and potential of hempcrete. On day two the small class size empowers the individual to take charge of their own learning...with a yummy lunch to boot".

Daniel - Tradesperson/owner-builder, Melbourne

Things To Know

The beginning of each practical session will address site logistics and OH&S. Participants are asked to bring their own protective clothing and sturdy footwear. 

All tools, materials and safety equipment will be provided.

No prior knowledge or trade skills are required.

What You Will Receive

Participants who complete our 2 day workshop will receive a Hempcrete Installers Certificate and a copy of the Ozhemp Tradical Hemp Installation manual and handouts.

Participants who complete the 1 day workshop will receive hands-on instruction, the opportunity to meet like-minded people and a whole lot of fun.

Catering (1 and 2 day workshops)

Morning and afternoon tea, lunch and refreshments will be provided each day. Please let us know if you have any specific dietary requirements at the time of booking. 

About the Presenter

Joe D’Alo has a deep passion for hemp building and brings a wealth of first-hand experience to the classroom. As a licensed builder, Joe has successfully built a number of beautiful homes using the hemp and lime composite. He has also advised on numerous other hempcrete building projects in Australia and abroad. His willingness to share his knowledge and experience is inspiring.