Train with bio-based experts

We provide a range of training services in bio based construction skills. Whether you are looking for specialist retrofit installer training, want to learn how to cast Hempcrete on site, or need a bespoke training session for your construction team, we’d love to hear from you.

Upcoming Events

19 APRIL

ONLINE WEBINAR

Low Carbon Retrofit: Using hempcrete and bio-based materials
free

1-2 June

in-person training

Building with Hempcrete. Two-day course in Brighton.

7 JUNE

ONLINE WEBINAR

Designing and Building with Hempcrete. CPD for Architect and Engineers
free

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Practical Introduction to Conservation Retrofit

This 8 week course, delivered 1 day per week, introduces those working – or aspiring to work – within the growing retrofit industry to the principles and practice underpinning successful retrofit of traditionally constructed buildings.

The Practical Introduction to Conservation Retrofit course has been developed and written in partnership by two industry leading specialists, Nottingham Energy Partnership and UK Hempcrete, with funding from the Energy Industry Voluntary Redress Scheme. 

An Introduction to Hempcrete

Saturday 1 – Sunday 2 June 2024 in Brighton

This two-day course runs from 9.00am to 5.30pm in Stanmer Park, Brighton, is hosted by Brighton Permaculture Trust and led by our hempcrete expert Alex Sparrow.

The course provides an introduction to the theory and practice of building with hempcrete, including how to use it in the repair and upgrading of old buildings.

The course offers a mixture of practical and theory sessions, reflecting the fact that, to use hempcrete successfully, builders need to have a proper understanding of the materials as well as good practical skills.

The courses are suitable for builders, home owners, architects or interested people. No prior knowledge is necessary.

For further information, course fees and registration click here: Learn More

On-Site Training

For a self-builder or building contractor new to hempcrete, who has a build starting soon, a bespoke on-site training package may be more appropriate. This will involve a member of UK Hempcrete visiting your site to provide training at the start of the build and throughout the build as necessary, to get your team to the point that you feel confident using the material.

This option has the following advantages:

  • bespoke training can be tailored to your exact needs
  • your whole team can be trained on site; a more cost-effective solution
  • training can be combined with hire of our specialist hempcrete mixer for your project.

To ask about bespoke training packages, or discuss your team’s training needs, contact us.

CPD

While architects, inspectors, planners and other industry professionals may well be interested in attending our practical training courses, others will have a more specific interest in the design considerations when using hempcrete, and the proper detailing of the material within a building.

As hempcrete becomes ever more widespread in the UK construction industry, with construction methods and specific hempcrete materials ever-evolving, many professionals choose to book a CPD training session to ensure that their whole team is kept up to date with the latest issues in hempcrete design.

To ask about CPD sessions for your practice, or discuss your team’s training needs, contact us.

Training

As well as having excellent sustainability credentials, hempcrete is a fun, lightweight, rewarding material to build with. Once a few important principles are understood, the technique of hempcrete mixing and casting should not be beyond the reach of any builder or competent DIYer.

However because the materials are by their very nature quite different from conventional building materials, there have been many instances where novice hempcrete builders, through lack of understanding, make simple mistakes (often with the detailing of the material, or the construction technique itself) which can cause unnecessary headaches on a build.

At UK Hempcrete we are keen for hempcrete to be used as much as possible, but it is important that builders develop the necessary skills and understanding to use it properly. To help disseminate quality information about the use of hempcrete in construction, we have co-written The Hempcrete Book, as well as provide training days to suit a range of needs and enquiries.

Practical Introduction to Conservation Retrofit

This 8 week course, delivered 1 day per week, introduces those working – or aspiring to work – within the growing retrofit industry to the principles and practice underpinning successful retrofit of traditionally constructed buildings.

The Practical Introduction to Conservation Retrofit course has been developed and written in partnership by two industry leading specialists, Nottingham Energy Partnership and UK Hempcrete, with funding from the Energy Industry Voluntary Redress Scheme. 

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