Message - Re: ArchWeek - House of Card

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Posted by  JWmHarmon on January 20, 2003 at 20:47:09:

In Reply to:  ArchWeek - House of Card posted by Kevin Matthews on January 15, 2003 at 22:24:11:

From the article, "The outside surface of each panel is a 1/4-inch- (6-millimeter-) thick piece of solid cardboard. Enclosed between these two stiff pieces, are 3 layers of 2-inch (50-millimeter) honeycomb-shaped cardboard, each layer separated by a 5/64-inch (2-millimeter) layer of solid card. Toward the panel's interior surface is an embedded poly-coated layer to keep moisture out. The panels are edged with 2-inch (50-millimeter) wood frames."

This construction sounds similar to SYP (structural insulated panels) with the solid outer layers and the sandwiched insulated layers in between. SYP's are often constructed of OSB (oriented strand board)and a foam core.

This also sounds similar to inexpensive interior doors that have been made for years with a wood perimeter and a hollow interior with honeycombed cardboard spacers between two 1/4 inch surface panels.

Our local Habitat for Humanity has erected signs made of waterproofed cardboard. The signs are mounted on treated lumber posts. The signs have been exposed to all weather from temperatures below freezing to almost 100 degrees Fahrenheit. They have been exposed to direct sunlight, snow, rain, hail, and wind. The signs have performed better than expected. They have survived continuous exterior direct exposure for almost two years.

What are the possiblilities of making paperboard building blocks that could be glued together with construction adhesive? Surface mounted panels could then be glued to the building blocks to provide the finished surface. This could be similar to Wright's idea of the Usonian "Automatic" - a house that could be constructed by the owner. Could this be the answer to housing for those living in substandard conditions?

What are the costs of these materials? Anyone have any data?

Fireproofing would be a concern as noted in the link below. The link shows temporary cardboard housing rather than that designed to be structural and more permanent as discussed above.

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