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I am finding more materials, products, technologies and techniques that make concrete a very versatile and extremely green technology. It is amazing what is out there.
Most of this technology goes back nearly one hundred years!
I am working on ideas using a combination of standard and lightweight concrete and steel to supply affordable, sustainable housing in poor places or anywhere you wanted low cost, low maintainence, energy efficient, sustainable, green buildings.
My varied background gives me a unique perspective on construction.
am finding great promise in combining a form of
that is composed of almost 100%
World was built with RASTRA
RASTRA Forms http://www.rastra.com/
The Noble Oklahoma House used the same technology.
The problem I have with this kind of products is you have to ship the forms from where they are manufactured to where you are going to build, stack them, pour them, etc. - Too Expensive
I think poured in place EPSCrete is the answer to this problem. It is being done - see below
percent recycled polystyrene
a little portland cement to produce very
unique forms that (as far as I
are some of the best
products on the market for building any kind
The ground scrap polystyrene provides lightweight insulative aggregate to produce cellular concrete blocks while taking a lot of scrap polystyrene out of the waste stream.
How cool is that?
Rastra has been around since 1972.
Definitely Not Pie In The Sky Technology.
Constructing Super Sustainable Buildings All Around The World
(Except the Good Ole' USA?)
EPSCrete and foamed concrete and
using it for - Cast in place (CIP), block, panels,
production plants, mobile units, residential,
troweled. These guys are doing it all!
Service Polska - Poland
Roofs, floors, terraces, swimming pools, walls, insulating plasters and block.
Siberian Constructing Technologies – Russia http://www.sts54.ru/en/
Making a variety of products from EPSCrete and foamed lightweight concrete.
Technology - Italy
through this website. Coisoimper is doing it all
with EPSCrete and
mud. They are
EPSCrete and foamed mud?!!
Why are there no companies doing this here in the USA?
I guess we still have too many trees and energy is still too cheap.
voice in the wilderness.
Richard Basaraba is way interested in ESPCrete. Mixing his green cement with EPSCrete is a sweet spot in building super sustainable, energy efficient buildings in my opinion.
it is possible to build with about
99% recycled product.
into the EPSCrete mix:
EnStyro 563-542-7255 http://www.enstyro.com/
I see great potential in EnStyro's business plan. They are making equipment to harvest the vast amount of scrap polystyrene (EPS) currently being thrown away and putting it to a variety of really good uses.
Uses for EnStyro's foam shredding equipment: http://www.enstyro.com/mobile-recycling-equipment/
|You can produce
site. All from locally acquired materials
would otherwise wind up in the dump. Another
great plus is that this
on shipping any kind of block around the
Use the Green Cement (see below) to make the StyroCrete and you are using almost 100% local recycled material to pour bomb proof walls, floors, roofs, you name it.
See this new You Tube video of their foam whacker in action:
We Got One Comin' - Stay Tuned!
Poured in place cellular concrete using EnStyrock provides a light weight aggregate that has the strength of standard rock aggregate and is also a good insulator. Very cool (or warm).
One of the big drawbacks to using concrete to build anything green is the fact that it takes a lot of energy to produce the portland cement used in making most cement.
I would argue concrete is far superior to using the last remaining trees on the planet to put up flimsy structures for bugs to eat and storms to blow away.
However enormous amounts of energy are consumed in the making of portland cement.
This has been a very valid point as to why concrete is not a very green construction material.
What if there was an alternative way to make cement using vast amounts of waste materials and no portland cement?What if this process would also reduce the cost of producing concrete by half or more?
I have been talking with Richard Basaraba who is introducing just such a product through his new company Green Concrete USA.com.
Richard has worked in the cement industry for many years and has a process that turns flyash into a superior substitute for standard portland cement.
You can talk with Richard at 404.309.0851 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
If Richard has his way we will be building with materials made from scrap polystyrene and waste flyash for an almost 100% recycled content building.
|The big hurdle I see,
legitimate hysteria about all the flyash blowing and
flowing into the
environment from piles all over the world where power
been dumping the stuff for decades.
My research has found that once you encase the flyash in a concrete structure the danger is nil.
Flyash has been used to produce concrete for decades and has proven a valuable and cost saving ingredient in standard portland based mixes.
Richard has taken the technology to a whole new level with his no portland cement using only flyash. I say lets scoop up all those piles and build sustainable buildings!
|I am also exploring an alternative to
EPSCrete - Cast
In Place Cellular
EPSCrete might be a problem where stringent building codes are in place.
Foamed lightweight concrete is a very interesting material and has a long track record.
Here is information on other lightweight concrete products.
In The 3rd World
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