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Posted by Malcolm \"Mal\" Reynolds on January 3, 2009, 12:06 am
 
If one were building such a house, would substituting simiilar sized bales of
shredded, compressed, recycled paper be viable?

Posted by GeekBoy on January 3, 2009, 2:31 am
 


Yes. There are companies already using scredded paper as insultation.

 


Posted by Malcolm \"Mal\" Reynolds on January 3, 2009, 5:27 am
 

But can you use it the same way hay bales are used...as structural elements.

Posted by Larry Caldwell on January 3, 2009, 5:49 pm
 
Straw is not used as a structural element in straw bale houses.  The
structure is a framework of wood, steel or concrete that provides wind
and earthquake stability, and roof loading.  The straw bales are then
stacked around and between the framework to provide insulation.

With that in mind, baled paper would be as suitable as straw for
insulation.  

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Posted by Malcolm \"Mal\" Reynolds on January 4, 2009, 5:32 am
 


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