Papercrete is the ultimate building material for preppers, homesteaders, and off grid living enthusiasts. Not only is the building material incredibly inexpensive. How To Make Papercrete,Papercrete is a cement with fibers of some kind in it. These fibers can be just about anything, from paper and cotton to hemp, ect. Building with Papercrete and Paper Adobe: A Revolutionary New Way to Build Your Own Home for Next to Nothing. Front Cover. Gordon Solberg. Remedial.

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Green Home Building:Papercrete

When cement is added, this material is not as “green” as woth be ideal, but the relatively small amount of cement is perhaps a reasonable tradeoff for what papercrete can offer.

We chose to create earthbag domes covered with papercrete recycled paper combined with cement and sand. 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 more cement and mineral material that is added to the mix, the more fire proof it becomes. This can work well if the pappercrete is kept absolutely dry; otherwise it will become soft and could deform.

This is the material that I used to plaster both the inside and outside of my earthbag house. This cross section shows the hybrid nature of this design. The slurry can just as easily be pumped or dumped into forms to set abd that way. Click Papper for More Information. Other properties of papercrete are: It is a hybrid design, buildiny earthbags plastered with papercrete, a steel prefabricated Quonset-style vault, concrete floor, and wood-framed end walls.

The double columns of the stem wall provides thermal mass on the inside and insulation on the outside. Kelly, and the GreenHomeBuilding team of experts, have answered thousands of questions for readers over the years, and we continue to publish up-to-date information about increasingly important sustainable architecture.


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Acobe 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 vuilding.

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. 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.

Papercrete dith a fairly new ingredient in the natural building world. If you feel moved to assist us in this work, your kind donation would be much appreciated; this can be easily done through our PayPal account: I’ve used newspaper, junk mail, magazines, books, etc. See Your Ad in This Space! 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 papet and the ways of using it for building.

Mike McCain prefers to either pump the slurry into slip forms or make larger blocks for building. 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.

I have had a fair amount of experience with this stuff, and I would say that is has some remarkable properties. Several other earthbag homes are also shown.

The Truth About Papercrete. 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.


For more information about this planand many others, visit our sister site www. Adoobe 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.

We wanted to build an environmentally sensitive and aesthetically pleasing home at a moderate price. Plans Carriage House Kelly Hart, Designer This Carriage House was initially designed to create garage papercfete shop space, as well as office and storage space for the designer’s personal use. My first mixer used a small papeecrete motor mounted directly to a shaft suspended in a plastic 55 gallon drum where the mixing took place.

A papercrete list forum is operated from here. This is rather inexpensive way to create substantial shelter.

The paper to be used can come from a variety of sources and is usually free. DVD produced by Kelly Hart.


After about a half hour of draining the excess water from the slurry, the papercrete is like soft, workable clay, but not nearly as messy. Papercrete Papercrete is a fairly new ingredient in the natural building world. Eric Patterson makes adobe brick sized blocks of papercrete to build with, and mortars them together with a slurry of the same stuff.

This was not a problem because there was nothing in the wall that would be damaged by water, even if it got past the papercrete layer, which it rarely or never did. Disclaimer Of Liability And Warranty I specifically disclaim any warranty, either expressed or implied, concerning the information on these pages.