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After about papercreye half hour of draining the excess water from the slurry, the papercrete is like soft, workable clay, but not nearly as messy.
After a year of making small batches with this, I graduated to a “tow mixer” designed by Mike McCain, which is basically a trailer made from the rear end of a car.
The paper to be used can come from a variety of sources and is usually free. Kelly, and the GreenHomeBuilding team of experts, papervrete answered thousands of questions for readers over the years, and we continue to publish up-to-date information about increasingly important sustainable architecture.
This design is based on a fairly small 16′ X 34′ steel building, but these structures are available in a wide range of widths up to sizes fit for aircraft hangersand the lengths can be indefinite, since it is just a matter of adding more arched sections to lengthen the building. Papercrete is a fairly new ingredient in the natural building world. Click Here for More Information. DVD produced by Kelly Hart.
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This is the material that I used to plaster both the inside and outside of my earthbag house. I am acquainted with both Eric Patterson and Mike McCain, who independently “invented” papercrete they called it “padobe” and “fibrous cement” and they have both contributed considerably to the machinery to make it and the ways of using it for building.
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Depending on the type of mixer that is used to make pulp out of it, the paper might be soaked in water beforehand or not. Paper adobe is similar to papercrete, but instead of cement used to bind the paper fiber into a solid, clay is used as the binder. The second floor joists and tie beams are essential elements of the design, since they resist deformation of the vault from all of the weight on it.
Since the steel vault is completely covered with insulating earthbags, the building is very well insulated, and comfortable year-round. The double columns of the stem wall provides thermal mass on the inside and insulation on the outside. This Carriage House was initially designed to create garage and shop space, as well as office and storage space for the designer’s personal use.
Cured papercrete acts like a sponge unless it is coated with something to stop the entry of water.
It is a hybrid design, utilizing earthbags plastered with papercrete, a steel prefabricated Quonset-style vault, concrete floor, and wood-framed end walls.
Mike McCain prefers to either pump the slurry into slip forms or make larger blocks for building. Other properties of papercrete are: The more cement pwpercrete mineral material that is added to the mix, the more fire proof it becomes.
I simply filled the tank nearly full of water, added about one wheel barrow full bhilding dry paper, one sack of Portland cement, and perhaps some sand, depending on how I planned to use the mix.
We wanted to build an environmentally sensitive and aesthetically pleasing home at a moderate price.
Several other earthbag homes are also shown. Plans Carriage House Kelly Hart, Designer This Carriage House was initially designed to create garage and shop space, as well as office and storage space for the designer’s personal use. This is rather inexpensive way to create substantial shelter. Disclaimer Of Liability And Warranty I specifically disclaim any warranty, vuilding expressed or implied, concerning the information on these pages.
When cement is added, this material is not as “green” as would be ideal, but the relatively small amount of cement is perhaps a reasonable tradeoff for what papercrete can offer.
With this mixer which I towed behind a Volvo station wagon I could make three or four wheel barrows full of thick papercrete in about twenty minutes. The addition of mineral material sand, adobe, etc. I have had a fair amount of experience with this stuff, and I would say that is has some remarkable properties. Dream Green Homes is a consortium of outstanding architects and buildding, who have pooled their talent and expertise for your benefit. We chose to create earthbag domes covered with papercrete recycled paper combined with cement and sand.
This can work well if the material is kept absolutely dry; otherwise it will become soft and could deform. Paper Observatory Domes Early approach to creating lightweight domes. A papercrete list forum is operated from here. The slurry can just as easily be pumped or dumped into forms to set paped that way.