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    Does anyone have experiance building with "3D panels" in SEA?

    I have been reading about building with insulated panels and wondered if anyone has used them to build in SEA. The panels are sheets of Polystyrene 2"-3" thick caged by Galvanized wire then sprayed with contrete in place. They are used for walls and roofs from what I have read.

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    I don't think they're available here. It'd make too much sense.

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    Father-in-Law has 3 model homes in a Sattahip development using a process that sounds similar to what you have explained. As I understand it, the in-laws model homes are pre-fab win sections as you described and then assembled on site. As I am currently out of country, am unable to ask details of in-laws...

    Looks for the outside after assembled look nice.
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    Most I have seen is 4" or 6" and it works great and the roof is thicker and uses special built reinforced concrete inverted "T" beams that the foam in set into and cemented over, but only seen em in Mexico.
    the walls are built up like a kerb and single rebars are set into the cement and the billets are shoved down over the steel rods so that they penetrate up the billet and anchors them in place and then the roof is added and cemented, the walls are gunite and plastered.

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    Yea they have the same thing in the states called Econoblock and you set them up and fill with cement.
    But the ones in question in this thread are 4x8 foot 4" thick styrofoam panels that you hook together after you set them in place over the verticle rebars, hook em together with a U clip and then stucco and plaster, 2 guys can do the walls easy in a day..

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    Used a similar system - in refugee camps for chucking up hospitals in a day !
    Swedish system- got polystyrene slabs in chicken wire frames - assemble them with electrical tie wraps and blast them with a "shotcrete" gun !!
    Not seen it in LOS but a similar system was in Malaysia for temp accommodation on oil palm and rubber plantations!

    Not sure about the fire safety though if the internal coating is not 100 % !

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    This is a cutaway of the 3D panels. I have been reading that they produce "load bearing" walls when constructed correctly. They are termite proof and provide excellent insulation. It seems like it would be a great alternitive to the block or tiny red brick construction I have seen in LOS and have been reading about on TD.
    My thinking is that if the materials are available then the panels could be constructed on a small scale by hand.

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    That is quite similar to what was used in Mexico and what happy was talking about, the wire is galv. wire encasing the styro panels, and they do bear the weight of the roof, I will contact my friends in Mexico and see if the office that was selling them is still in Ensenada and they were doing a good business over at Puerto Pinyasca [sp] at the upper end of the sea of cortez and at San Fillipi,

    It would be a great way to build here too,

    Mexicans aint to smart, but they did build them, but I think that even tho it is a very simple thing, Thai would figure some way to fuck it up.

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