Like giant toy building blocks
Units of SmartBlock™ weigh less than two pounds each, compared to 35-pound masonry blocks. They resemble giant toy building blocks. Workers easily stack them up to form hollow walls into which concrete is poured.
The innovative difference is that the forms do not have to be removed or discarded. They remain in place for the life of the building as powerful thermal and acoustic insulation.
The insulation actually starts working immediately. By stabilizing swings in temperature and humidity, it improves the curing of the concrete so much that a SmartBlock™ wall ends up with 50 percent greater compressive strength than conventionally-formed concrete.
No special equipment or tools are needed for the simple SmartBlock™ construction process. The blocks can be cut with a handsaw, and are held together by a series of modular interlocking teeth. Steel reinforcement bars can be easily laid inside the blocks as they are stacked. The system helps create straight and plumb walls with perfect right angles.
The whole process moves so quickly, a single worker can lay up to 1,000 square feet of wall per day. And since SmartBlock™ serves not only as concrete forming, but also as framing, furring, and insulation, overall labor time can be cut by as much as 30 to 40 percent.
Architects, Designers, Engineers and Contractors love the ease and flexibility of working with SmartBlock™. Code approvals from ICC, IRC, IBC, ICBO, BOCA and L.A. City, as well as a variety of local and regional code approvals from across the country, make constructing beautiful, durable buildings and walls a snap.
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