>An Expandable Styrofoam House or
>"How to Grow a Chateau"
>"Green construction methods" use fewer trees, and substitute
>products such as discarded packaging materials. As an amateur
>Stan Mazor embarked on a project to design and build a "replica" of
>Norman chateau, in multiple building stages using novel styrofoam
>blocks. Stan will show slides to illustrate the project's progress
and some of
>the novel building materials used.
>Stan Mazor worked on the design of Symbol, a high level language
>at Fairchild in 1967, and then helped develop the early Intel
>He has published extensively on the subject of chip design and
>and recently published a book on architecture, Design an Expandable
>Stan is in the Inventor's Hall of Fame, and has received the Kyoto
>PC Magazine Lifetime Achievement Award, the Robert Noyce Award from
>and the Ron Brown American Innovator Award.
Stan began his talk by passing around pieces that illustrated the
chateau was built of. Moldings were normal Styrofoam, coated with
and concrete colored stucco. The walls were actually a composite of
and Styrofoam from a company in Arizona that felt more like a cinder
Then he explained that his quest to build a Chateau began when he saw an
article about a Chateau owned by a Marquis in France in Architectural
He had visited the place on his next vacation in France, taken about 60
and started thinking about how to implement one using modern technology
his land in Oregon.
The design goal was to end up with a building that could serve as a
a bed and breakfast, or an apartment building with minimal changes after
construction. Another design goal was to build it in sections, so that
construction project would be manageable. Design work was done on a home
computer using retail software from Brodurbund. After the plans were
out, Stan had an Engineer finalize them before taking them to Ashland's
government for approval.
The first section was built in 2000, with walls built of
The 10" thick blocks have 6 inch diameter holes, running vertical and
horizontal, into which was placed rebar before the channels were filled
poured concrete. Interior walls and roof were done using standard
techniques. The ends of the building didn't have windows so those walls
be used as interior walls after further sections were added.
The left wing was built a couple of years later, using the same
Since then a right wing has been added, completing the original plan.
to be completed are minor details like hooking up the sprinkler system
works to suppress fires, but one by one those details are getting done.
During Q & A a number of points came up:
The floors are plywood over joist, much like most wooden houses in the
The Chateau is a few hundred yards from I-5, not far outside the city
Ashland, Oregon. Road noise is inaudible inside the building.
Downtown Ashland is about a mile and a half from the front door.
The way the zoning works in that area, each home is only allowed one
kitchen. Accordingly, the place has one kitchen and a number of wet