The USHBA education committee is focused on achieving this critical industry goal of hempcrete certifications. Therefore, we have created a separate dedicated committee within the USHBA to work only on the various aspects, and publishing ways stakeholders and USHBA members can help. Money, time/work, and technical skills are needed to be incorporated into the process. This Certification Committee will be divided into two working groups to collaborate with both ASTM and ICC at the same time. The USHBA will post regular updates through our social media and members can join monthly calls on the work being done.
The USHBA Education committee invited ASTM into our meetings. Charles P. Rutherford, II, of CPR Squared, Inc., is an ASTM strategy and standards development consultant to support standards development and related activities for the organization’s cannabis committee (D37) and Darwin Millard, a botanical extraction specialist at Millard Masonek Solutions, LLC, who is the Hemp Liaison to ASTM Committee D37, Vice-Chair of ASTM Subcommittee D37.04 on Processing and Handling, and Co-Chair of ASTM Subcommittee D37.07 on Hemp, joined and advised the group. After a couple conference calls, a huge historic step occurred through these efforts. ASTM, with assistance from the USHBA, has started an official section in ASTM for “hempcrete”. Together, the collective recommendation was to appoint Tai Olson to be the Technical Contact of two ASTM hempcrete working groups under the cannabis committee (D37).