Feelin' groovy in a home made of foam

  • Article by: LYNN UNDERWOOD , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 17, 2013 - 7:12 AM

The one-of-a-kind foam home in Minnetrista, a funky relic from 1969, has new owners who appreciate its whimsical character.

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johnmcfaddenFeb. 17, 1310:13 AM

This is a neat story and i like atypical architecture. I bet it takes nothing to heat and cool this place. I wonder is the foam flammable?

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edinawaterFeb. 17, 1311:08 AM

Foam is highly flammable. Much worse than being flammable it produces highly toxic gasses when it burns. If it lights on fire the occupants will likely be overcome by the gasses before they can get out of the house......Wednesday will mark the 10th anniversary of the The Station nightclub fire, one of the deadliest fires in US history. The fire was especially bad because of foam sound insulation that burned fast and quickly filled the club with toxic fumes.......The homeowners should put some serious thought into covering the foam with plaster.

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rhietalaFeb. 18, 1311:20 AM

Some foams may be highly flammable, but polyurethane foam appears not to be. It is widely used in building insulation now, as well as furniture cushions, and it must have met safety tests. I tried burning it in a test of my own. Of course, this was not a test designed by fire engineers, but my observation is that it seems to need an extra heat source to keep a fire going. You can burn it if you place chunks of it in a good wood fire. Left to burn by itself, the fire goes out.

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sternitzkyFeb. 18, 13 2:50 PM

I went on a school field trip to visit this house, probably when it was first built! Thought it was neat then and still do.

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