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Papercrete is a material made by pulping used paper. It almost always contains various additives (commonly sand and cement) and is formed or molded to a useable shape. After allowing it to dry for a few weeks, a lightweight and versatile building material results. Structures such as houses, garages, or sheds are common. Some have used it to create remarkable sculptures. It can be very strong in compression and highly insulative. Other forms of papercrete include padobe, fidobe, fibercrete, and fibercement.
We discuss various ingredients included in papercrete mixes, construction of papercrete mixers, and their use and application. Water proofing strategies utilizing stucco, ferrocement, elastomerics, clapboards, shingles, and various other techniques are common topics. Integrating papercrete into construction and building practices as it pertains to concrete and other foundation types, framing, post and beam, electrical, plumbing, HVAC (heating ventilation and air conditioning), roofing, windows, and other aspects of construction are all important factors open to discussion. IBC (International Building Code), local codes, inspections, and related topics are common. Since papercrete architecture includes nearly all architectural styles we have fun discussing that as well.
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- Feb 7, 2007
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