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Re: Recycled materials

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One consideration for recycled material buildings would be tires.  In Taos,
New Mexico and other places, tires with rammed earth cores are being used
for homes.  They call them Earthships.  They are on the Internet if you are
interested.  They have a minimalist engineering report which analyses them
as gravity supported masonry units.  In seismic areas, I would suggest using
them as infills for frame structures such as small outbuildings since there
is no real lateral design criteria available at the moment.

Joe Zlab, PE
KPFF Consulting Engineers
(206) 622-5822
-----Original Message-----
From: DougSnow(--nospam--at) <DougSnow(--nospam--at)>
To: seaint(--nospam--at) <seaint(--nospam--at)>
Date: Friday, March 05, 1999 4:03 PM
Subject: Recycled materials

>Hello all,
>I have been asked to design a building for a Zoo that is "environmentally
>friendly."  What this means to them is that they would like to use
>or recycled materials.  They are intersted particularly in recycled steel.
>Has anyone had any experience with this?  They are also interested in some
>the engineered wood products that may use wood scraps to make up the
>such as oriented strand board.
>Thanks in advance.
>Doug Snow
>Snow and Associates
>Phoenix, Arizona