Unusual Building Materials for November 2008

November 19, 2008 at 9:43 pm Leave a comment

I stumbled across a new slant on recycled building materials tonight, papercrete.  It’s not exactly what you might think from the name except that is does utilize recycled paper.

At its core this is just another type of adobe construction and you should consult your local building codes before thinking of using this.  I know that where I live (Southern California) the rules are pretty draconian when adobe is involved on a historical restoration so the cost may actually come close to prohibitive.

However there is quite a number of groups, comapnies and individuals that this type of construction is the way to go.  The first is papercrete.com (http://www.papercrete.com/) which is just a sale site for some books and videos on the subject.

Next is Livingpaper.org (http://www.livinginpaper.org/) that has numerous articles on how to and where to etc. Of course it also market the organization’s seminars showing you how to do this yourself.

Excerpt: ” In the United States, we discard enough paper each year to build a wall 48 feet high around the entire perimeter of the country. Even though about 45 percent of discarded paper is recycled annually, 55 percent or 48 million tons of paper is thrown away or goes into the landfills. Figuring conservatively, it takes about fifteen trees to make a ton of paper.

Green Home Building’s site has the most extensive set of links and articles  on the subject (http://www.greenhomebuilding.com/papercrete.htm).

Lastly as a disclaimer as well as a caution here is the Wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Papercrete

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