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Re: [greenyes] Fwd: styrofoam as a building material?

There is also Rastra Block...a product which blends concrete with ground
styrofoam. It is load bearing itself, and as far as I know can handle almost
any reclaimed styrofoam. I believe the patents for the material are held by
a Swiss Co, with several "franchises" operating in the US.
This material is growing in popularity in the Southwest....with such success
that the current plant in Albuquerque is looking to expand significantly to
keep up with demand.
Oddly enough, one of their biggest challenges is securing enough styrofoam,
and are currently importing from as far away as Denver (7 hour drive)
Might be an entrepreneurial opportunity for folks in NC?????
Check out for more....
----- Original Message -----
From: "Blair Pollock" <bpollock@no.address>
To: <greenyes@no.address>
Cc: <gasmith@no.address>
Sent: Tuesday, August 10, 2004 4:08 PM
Subject: [greenyes] Fwd: styrofoam as a building material?

> This question posed by a teacher in a maritime county in North Carolina.
> Maybe someone can get him started. I expect there's a fair amount of
> surplus foam on old docks down there. Thanks.
> >>> "Gene A. Smith" <gasmith@no.address> 8/9/04 11:08:12 AM
> >>>
> Hello
> I was curious about any styrofoam recycling you may do. One of the
> side projects I am teaching in ELPS (civics) this year is conservation,
> and the use of alternative energy, building materials, etc. One student
> was asking about foam houses, built partially from styrofoam blocks
> recycled from boat docks. Do you have any experience with these items?
> Gene Smith
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