Panel: Hempcrete as Part of the Building Envelope | DesignPhiladelphia

Panel: Hempcrete as Part of the Building Envelope

Panel: Hempcrete as Part of the Building Envelope

Saturday, October 12, 2019
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Cherry Street Pier
121 N Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, 19106


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Join us for a discussion on the value and possibilities of Hempcrete in building construction. Learn more about hempcrete, or hemplime, - a non-structural bio-composite insulation material that is cast in place around traditional wood framing.  It is comprised of hemp hurds (the woody inner core of the hemp stalk), lime-based binder, and water.  These simple materials come together to form a product that is mold, mildew, rot, pest and fire resistant. This system replaces the siding, house wrap, plywood sheathing, insulation and drywall in traditional American home construction.  It is hempcrete’s compatibility with other materials and its versatility and performance that set it apart from other well known sustainable building methods.  

The discussion will be lead by Drew Oberholtzer and Cameron McIntosh - Creators of the Hemp Entrepreneur Podcast, and the hosts of the panel

Speakers include:

Anastasiya Konopitskaya, RA, NCARB, is a licensed architect with experience working on residential and commercial projects on both coasts. Anastasiya has worked with well-known architects and designers, such as Voorsanger, Karim Rashid and the architects of the Grand Central in New York; her notable clients include fashion designers and a Jim Henson family in NYC, a Hollywood celebrity and several renowned musicians in LA. Anastasiya is a graduate of Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, and is a member of the National Council of Architectural Registration Board. 

Drew Oberholtzer is a media professional with 10+ years of experience working with television leaders, such as Nat Geo, Discover, Animal Planet, HBO and Vice News. His experience in crafting story and producing and running crews throughout the world with multi-million dollar budgets is a testament to his ability of getting things done. Drew holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Temple University and a master’s degree in film and media studies from the New School. Drew co-founded the company Coexist as part of an urgent campaign to bring awareness to building and living regeneratively. Coexist Build is a cutting edge design-build architecture practice with ten plus years of commercial and residential experience, focused on developing and incorporating regenerative materials for a healthy plant-based living. Whether it is building blocks or bed sheets, the goal of the company is to revolutionize the way we build and live by creating healthy, beautiful and stimulating environments. 

Cameron McIntosh is a trained ceramic artist with a BFA from Barton College in Wilson, NC. McIntosh founded Americhanvre after having spent the last 7 years as the operations manager at a family-owned native plant nursery and ecological restoration services firm. Prior to this experience, McIntosh was accepted into the apprenticeship program at the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works in Doylestown, PA where he developed a passion for handmade tile and mosaic. It was this combination of skills and experiences that led McIntosh to industrial hemp and its potential as a sustainable, modern building material. Americhanvre is a licensed and insured professional hempcrete installation firm that produces a line of cast hemp objects for everyday use. With a background rooted in the principles of art and design, our aim is to bring hemp based materials to the market that exhibit a higher level of presentation and sophistication. Americhanvre is also a producer of handmade stoneware ceramic tile and planter pots.

Chris Hertz - Conservation Mason/Programs Manager at and The Craftwork Training Center, Chris is a passionate advocate for the historic building restoration process with a focus on restoration masonry and the use of lime based and green building materials.  Chris helped to formulate Limeworks' Platinum Hempcrete binder, a premiere product for the hempcrete building industry that contains no Portland cement that is sourced 100% from within the state of Pennsylvania Limeworks is helping to educate the building industry, along with homeowners, in the practices of sustainability, historically accurate practices, and the highest level of craftsmanship.