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DECEMBER 26, 2006
Grancrete: Spray-on Concrete

Grancrete This morning I heard a story on NPR about the reconstruction of towns and villages devastated by the tsunami two years ago in Indonesia. Some of the homes were poorly built and residents don't want to move in. They fear the walls will come crumbling down and their homes could potentially be swept away again. I also recently read about a product that helps create stronger homes and external surfaces. Grancrete is a spray-on material that's similar to yet stronger than concrete that when applied over inexpensive foam panels (or wood, or anything else that can create a structure -- bamboo?) creates a sound structure that's impervious to water, fire, vermin and termites -- and it's non-toxic. It's a solid, durable material that can be used to build a home in a few hours. At a time when so many people have been dispalced due to natural disasters, war or other factors, this seems like a good, easy, inexpensive solution to the world's lack of good shelter.

[image via Inhabitat]

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