Posted by Per Corell on November 14, 2002 at 00:33:55:
In Reply to: ArchWeek - Building with Papercrete posted by Kevin Matthews on November 13, 2002 at 17:26:53:
I followed the discussions in a forum I joined long ago , about ferro-cement , another interesting technike. I se thes ocourance of these alternative materials as just the start of a positive develobment where also hay-block buildings fit within the concept ; these are also cement treated just like the papercreate , but the natural fibers allow for more eco thinking while cirtain types of natural clay will make the hay blocks compleatly fire prove.
When I say I think this could be just the beginning, it's beacurse papercrete sheets allready been used in an application where the cement was replaced with other types of gluing means ; in this contry these sheets was widely used untill they was banned while the product back 70 years ago was not truly develobed and easyli cought on fire and produced huge amounts of gasses ,they was counted as very low budget building materials and was not water proven either. But recent years new types of sheet materials occoured with the positive abilities and develobed so they acturly are fire protective to an extents they was allowed as building materials.
Now the papercrete technike as described are simply used producing blocks , ------- acturly these produce a nice form that easily are covered with ferro-cement , you can even project a structure where a reinforced surface will produce a surface framework and remove the core papercrete after the structure are surface formed with ferro-cement , still the ones building with hay-blocks ,maneage to use natural materials just by making the roof right so rain water don't hit the walls , ------- standing for decades in cheap materials build with just a bit experience you don't need to make everything in steel and glass that anyway don't last much longer and don't age as cosy.
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