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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The double columns of the stem wall provides thermal mass on the inside and insulation on the outside. Papercrete is a fairly new ingredient in the natural building world. 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.

This Carriage House was initially designed to create garage and shop space, papercret well as office and storage space for the designer’s personal use. The second floor joists and tie beams are essential elements of the design, since they resist deformation of the vault from all of the weight ahd it. Eric Patterson makes adobe brick sized blocks of papercrete to build with, and mortars them together with a slurry of the same stuff.

The Truth Bbuilding 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. Paper Observatory Domes Early approach to creating lightweight domes.

DVD produced by Kelly Hart. This 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 building.

Since the steel vault is completely covered with insulating earthbags, the building is very well insulated, and comfortable year-round. Plans Carriage House Kelly Hart, Designer 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.


Dream Green Homes is a consortium of outstanding architects and designers, who have pooled their talent and expertise for your benefit. It is a hybrid design, utilizing earthbags plastered with papercrete, a steel prefabricated Quonset-style vault, concrete bullding, and wood-framed end walls. In order to gain height, the steel shell is erected on top of an earthbag stem wall, and then the earthbags continue on up over the building.

I simply filled the tank nearly full of water, added about one wheel barrow full of dry paper, one sack of Portland cement, and perhaps some sand, depending on how I planned to use the mix.

This cross section shows the hybrid nature of this design. 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. 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.

The slurry can just as easily be pumped or dumped into forms to set up that way. Several other earthbag homes are also shown.


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, papercgete it rarely or never did.

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. Cured papercrete acts like a sponge unless it is coated with something to stop the entry of water. Care must be taken to utilize it properly, or you could be courting disaster.

I’ve used newspaper, junk mail, magazines, books, etc. See Your Ad in This Space! This can work well if the material is kept absolutely dry; otherwise it will become soft and could deform.

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

For more information about this planand many others, visit our sister site www. Papercrete Papercrete is a fairly new ingredient in the natural building world. The addition of mineral material sand, adobe, etc.

Other properties of papercrete are: 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: This is rather inexpensive way to create substantial shelter.


The paper witj be used can come from a variety paperrcete sources and is usually free. This is the material that I used to plaster both the inside and outside of my earthbag house. 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. This honest DVD documents details of the construction, insights gained, and the ups and downs literally!

Click Here for More Information. Starshipenterprises Several pages about papercrete, with lots of good pictures, including a look at a large papercrete dome project with lots of slow-loading pictures, but worth the wait.

When cement is added, this material is not as “green” as would be ideal, but the relatively small amount of cement is perhaps a reasonable tradeoff for what papercrete can offer. I have had a fair amount of experience with this stuff, and I would say that is has some remarkable properties.

The more cement and mineral material that is added to the mix, the more fire proof it becomes. There is potentially about s. We chose to create earthbag domes covered with papercrete recycled paper combined with cement and sand. 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 it and the ways of using it for building.

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Disclaimer Of Liability And Warranty I specifically disclaim any warranty, either expressed or implied, concerning the information on these pages. A papercrete list forum is operated from here. My first mixer used a small electric motor mounted directly to a shaft suspended in a plastic 55 gallon drum where the mixing took place.

We wanted to build an environmentally sensitive and aesthetically pleasing home at a moderate price.