The Perfect Block is the Answer to Higher Lumber Costs

A product other than wood that is fire safe, disaster safe and overall, more efficient than wood!

According to Diana Olick,

CNBC Real Estate Correspondent, lumber prices have doubled in 3 months!

And The Perfect Block™ costs less to build with and is made from 100% recycled post-consumer EPS. Consumers not only want more new affordable homes but deserve a more sustainable and efficient living environment. With skilled labor wages high and people unemployed, The Perfect Block™ can also help in that it is installed with unskilled labor. All in all The Perfect Block™ is the builder and consumers answer to affordable better built homes. It is a win win for all!


Lumber prices inched over $1,000 per 1,000 board feet, according to Random Length Lumber Futures for March.

That’s double the price from just three months ago.

Starts of single-family homes, which are the most desperately needed, fell 12% compared with December, according to the U.S. Census.

Consumers want more newly built, affordable homes, but builders are finding that hard to deliver, especially as prices for framing lumber spike ever higher.

Concrete: The (Nearly) Perfect Choice for your Home, Inside and Out

Planning and building a house is exciting, and you want a great look with lasting, quality material. Cement homes have always been a popular, sturdy, and lasting choice in home construction. With advances in the industry, concrete homes no longer have to look like chunky blocks. Instead, they can look edgy or on-trend, textured, or smooth.

You may not immediately notice how many concrete homes make up newer neighborhoods. That’s because the sturdy construction may be hidden under textured stucco, siding, or other materials. New homes built in areas that are prone to brutal hurricanes, tornados, or other extreme weather often contain insulated concrete forms, also called ICF. Concrete is here to stay, and it has some beautiful new looks.

And, concrete isn’t just for the outside anymore. More and more homeowners are finding ways to incorporate the style of concrete into their interior spaces as well as exterior. You can create a foundation of on-trend gray with pops of color for an all-around modern, sophisticated yet edgy aesthetic.

History of Concrete

So, what is concrete, besides hard? Humans have been using some kind of cement for as far back as 1300 BC. Early concrete use consisted of coatings of limestone mixed with clay in Middle East houses and evolved into the modern-era standard of concrete construction using Portland cement, in 1860.

Portland cement in various mixes is still in use. The cement is combined with sand, water, and anywhere from fine to coarse stone aggregates. Added chemicals tweak the properties for features like curing times and durability.

One of the best features of concrete homes is their durability. Concrete homes stand amid extreme weather, winds, and frigid temperatures, unlike other building materials.

Cement Homes Trend

It’s no wonder that cement homes are so on-trend. Long gone are the bulky-looking, squared concrete block homes. Now there are multiple ways of forming concrete into complete homes. Concrete block is still a popular method, along with newer forms like panels, poured concrete, and insulated concrete forms.

One popular newer way of building concrete homes involves insulated concrete forms (ICF). These are forms that connect together not unlike Lego blocks. The outsides are foam insulation, connected with plastic frames. The blocks are fitted together according to your house plans and then reinforced with steel rebar. Then, concrete is poured to fill the interior. The result is an airtight, sound-insulating, strong home that’s fire-resistant.

With ICF construction, you can order both interior and exterior walls, and you can even hang drywall on interior walls just as you would with wood wall studs.

So, with ICF construction available, you can build the perfect modern, Key West, Victorian or Colonial home you desire. Enjoy the aesthetic you want without sacrificing the durability of concrete.

Industrial Edge

If you love an industrial aesthetic, concrete is for you. Industrial design, both interior, and exterior is exploding, and the look and feel of concrete expertly incorporate that warehouse edge, a dream for interior designers.

Whether you’re building your exterior of cement or adding concrete walls, floors, countertops, a fireplace, furniture, or accents inside, concrete decor is easy to care for and a joy to accent.

Easy to Maintain

In today’s fast-paced society, many homeowners have better things to do than to provide continued maintenance on their homes. A concrete-constructed home provides ease of maintenance, freeing you up for more enjoyable activities.

Adds Texture

Inside or outside your home, textural elements of concrete usher in visual interest. Do you want a smooth feel or a more enlivening swirl or other texture? Newer methods of poured-cement molds can leave great patterns, even producing the look of bricks. Mix and match to your heart’s content for instant intrigue to your home’s style.


Gone are the days of a concrete home looking like a boring, clunky block. With today’s advanced building techniques, you can build the home of your dreams.

Cement homes can conjure up power and prestige, a presence among other homes. They’re a great way to express your own style with customizable forms to match your building specifications.

Why a Concrete Home?

When you’re considering a concrete home versus a wooden or other-constructed home, consider this: termites (both subterranean and drywood termites), ants, and other pests love wood homes, but they’re not drawn to concrete homes. Concrete homes are also far less penetrable to chewing pests like mice, rats, and squirrels.

The lack of organic material like wood means less of a concern for mold, mildew, or other organic-feeding microorganisms, along with fewer allergens through air infiltration.

Most of the concrete-form walls use a nontoxic polystyrene foam, which doesn’t contain fiberglass, formaldehyde, or asbestos. So, concrete homes are safer and far more durable over the years.

Types of Concrete Building Systems

So, now that you’re convinced that concrete will be your new home’s material, which building system is the best for you? There are numerous types of concrete building systems, including concrete block, removable forms, panel systems, ICF (Insulating Concrete Forms), and autoclaved, aerated concrete.

Most of us are familiar with the most common method of building: concrete blocks. These rectangular blocks are going through updated techniques with improved insulation within the block’s cavities, either with loose or foam insulation filling. This raises the R-value or its resistance to the flow of temperature or air leakage.

Concrete block construction is something many construction workers are skilled in working with. Block construction also withstands high winds. However, the block method may crimp your home style when it comes to intriguing designs.

The removable forms method of cement construction involves adding reinforcing steel and insulation to removable wall forms and then pouring concrete within those forms. After the concrete has cured, workers remove the forms. This method works well for homes in high wind areas. The benefits of this method are that exterior and interior walls can be poured at the same time, and wall forms can include textures, including brick and drywall. However, this method of concrete house construction may not be easily available in all areas.

Panel systems can be either precast concrete or tilt-up concrete. Precast exterior walls are made at the concrete plant with rough openings for windows and doors. Then, insulation, steel, and wiring is added. Once ready, the massive panels are transported to the construction site and with the help of cranes, lifted and secured to each other and the already-poured foundation. The tilt-up concrete method is done on-site and requires a spacious construction zone next to the home so – after the concrete walls are cured – they can be tilted into place and secured to the foundation and other walls. Panel systems are great for contemporary designs and curved walls not suited for concrete blocks, but require good weather and large spaces. This method also is not available everywhere.

Insulating concrete forms (ICFs) are poured concrete in permanent forms that remain on the house. The planks, blocks, or panels consist of insulating materials and connect with grooved or interlocking plastic or metal material. ICF is known for its durability against fires, earthquakes, and severe weather like frigid winters and hurricanes. IFCs are great for custom-designed homes. However, they’re not recommended for basements in areas with termites unless the foam is treated with a termiticide.

The autoclaved aerated concrete building system is not common in the United States, but a popular option in Europe. It consists of a fire-resistant, non-organic structural concrete mix that expands and traps small, insulating air pockets so it’s more lightweight than other materials. It can be molded and cut to whatever size is needed. It can also be used for floors, walls, and roofs. The insulating value makes it good for warm climates, but you may need custom engineering because the aerated concrete doesn’t have a heavy load-carrying capacity.

Benefits and Disadvantages to Concrete

There are definite advantages to using concrete in your home construction. For instance, concrete doesn’t lose its strength, and with ICF or other methods, it can be custom-formed to meet your architectural needs and wants.

Another clear benefit of having a concrete home is that you’ll save on both heating and cooling costs compared to other construction, like wood-frame homes. The concrete, and included insulation with some methods, has better insulating value. It reduces fluctuations in temperature, and you can say goodbye to those cold winter drafts. The foam-and-concrete pairing cuts the outside-inside air infiltration up to 70% better than a standard-materials home. This is especially advantageous if you live in an extreme-temperature climate.

You also can save on insurance costs with a concrete home. Because concrete homes have shown more resistance to fire, hurricanes, tornadoes, and earthquakes, you can expect a discount on your monthly premium.

If you like your peace and quiet along with temperature comfort, then concrete is the way to go. The concrete walls help insulate you from traffic and other neighborhood sounds and noise pollution for a better night’s sleep.

Although there are many advantages to using concrete, it can be a little more expensive than other building methods. However, you’ll save money in the long run by spending less on heating and cooling costs as well as maintenance. And, you’ll know your home will fare better in bad weather.

Environmentally Friendly

Concrete homes can be more environmentally friendly than other construction material homes. For instance, ICF-built homes don’t require maintenance and give you significant savings on heating and cooling costs. This means a smaller carbon footprint. Concrete can also have recycled contents in the mix, adding to its environmentally friendly, green appeal.

ICF houses include a foam layer within the concrete, helping provide a high thermal mass that keeps outside temperatures from seeping into interior spaces.

Decorate with Concrete Accents

Take advantage of concrete’s versatility to decorate or add accents to either the interior or exterior of your home. Concrete home décor may seem cold to some, but it offers a fantastic, neutral foundation or backdrop for many interior styles, including farmhouse, minimalist, Bohemian and industrial.

Once they’re stained, sealed, and polished, concrete floor, wall, and interior accents are simple to maintain. Often, all you have to do is sweep and wash or mop with a non-abrasive cleaner. How easy is that?

For an interior “pop” try positioning the concrete features with organic, natural elements like wood, and add rich textures and colors to your accents.


Concrete floors? Yes, please! In recent years, polished concrete floors have boomed in popularity with a sleek, luxurious, and high-style look. This affordable, durable surface is remarkably on-trend and maintenance is a breeze.

Concrete floors are a great choice for open-concept interiors. They let you bring that industrial inspiration from your garage or workshop floor and let it shine in one room or throughout your home. You can tailor the sheen, color, and pattern to your liking. Accent your easy-care floors with color-rich, bold area rugs, houseplants, and vibrant furnishings.


Give your interior a modern, sleek design with an accent concrete wall. Achieve your custom design look with a smooth, shiny, or subdued finish, or liven up the space with texture and stained colors.


Bring industrial, rustic, or farmhouse intrigue to your kitchen and dining areas by welcoming concrete elements to the mix. The art of concrete countertops continues to evolve into specialty colors, patterns, and finishes. Pair them with richly-colored wood cabinets and accents. If you’re not ready to take the plunge, start with a concrete-topped island in your kitchen or a concrete backsplash.

Dining room tables are no longer made from just wood, either. For an easy-care, neutral-hued dining experience, try a concrete dining table that you can accent for any occasion.


Bring a streamlined, modern look to your bathroom interior with a cement tub or sink. You can even accent the space with cement candle-holders to tie the space together.

A concrete bathtub can make a grand, luxurious statement, and will last for years, but know whether your flooring can handle the weight of such a glorious tub.

Laundry Room

Consider concrete shelves, flooring, or a concrete-topped clothes-sorting work area for your laundry room. The rugged surface will not only last a long time but will look fantastic.

Deck and Patio

We’re all familiar with the tried-and-true concrete patio. Why not mix it up, literally? Pour a patio with added aggregates or stamps for a nighttime sparkle to liven up social gatherings. Add some intriguingly shaped concrete planters, seating, or outdoor lighting. Today’s artisans know almost no limits in creating stunning concrete outdoor accents, both functional and fanciful.

Concrete for Today’s Homes

Whether you build your entire home of concrete or create cement home accents, you can depend on years of durability and ease of care with lasting safety and comfort benefits. Home construction using concrete continues to increase as both homebuilders and homeowners recognize the value.

Concrete – for both exterior use and interior design – definitely has ascended from its previous garage-and-basement reputation.

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There is no bad block

The Perfect Block™ is so unique in that if a block is broken, it can be repaired. “There is no bad block”. The reason why is because of its proprietary composite formula. Eco Friendly Block Research, Development, & Technologies (EFBRDT), the research and development team of EBS, made our composite forms simple to repair. If you receive any product that is broken, it can be easily restored to a functioning block. To repair a broken block, all you have to do is take the broken pieces and glue them back to the original shape with the foam adhesive used in the installation of our products. If necessary, pin the broken pieces together with a few nails and glue it. It’s that simple. In fact, as a comparison, it is similar to welding two pieces of metal. It makes the piece stronger.

So, don’t get upset if you receive a block that may have broken or cracked during shipping. It’s not bad, just glue it and use it.

If there is any unrepairable block then please take a picture and we will replace it for free plus shipping.

Please view our video on how to repair a broken block also on our website video’s.

Thank you EBS (Eco Building System Corp)

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As you can see from the photos, the block is incredibly strong, even after the repair with only the foam adhesive we use. So, this is another benefit of using “The Perfect Block™” ICCF over other building materials.

A Question to Ponder…

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A question that occasionally comes up from our friends in the Green community, concerned with the effects of the use of The Perfect Block™ in buildings, on the earth for future generations is: What happens when buildings built with The Perfect Block™ (TPB) expire/become obsolete or reach the end of their useable life? 

The short answer is that The Perfect Block™ by Eco Building Systems Corp. (EBS) does not expire or become obsolete. Not having an expiration date, a TPB home could last for millennia or more. However, if you want to replace it, then it could be recycled and the material reused. It does not have to end up in a landfill.

Eco Building Systems recognized that by accepting post-consumer/post-industrial expanded polystyrene (EPS) that was destined to go to the landfill (as opposed to using virgin EPS, as other similar building forms do), they could repurpose that EPS to create – The Perfect Block™ – a building material for energy efficient homes and buildings that could, if deemed necessary, be recycled to recreate homes and buildings once again, continually minimizing any negative effect on the planet.

What would cause one to want to raze a building to the ground and recycle its materials? Most likely reason to demolish a building is because of damage, damage that is irreparable or too costly to repair. What events could cause a common “sudden end of life event” for a building? Fire, termites and pests, tornados and hurricanes, and earthquakes, just to name a few.  These disasters for buildings are avoided when using TPB. TPB has a 4+ hour fire rating, it will not burn down. It is resistant to pests and wood destroying organisms, so the building will not deteriorate due to those culprits. TPB is mold resistant and can be engineered to resist Cat 5 tornadoes and Cat 5 hurricanes and 8.0 Seismic events which eliminates end of life by flooding, tornadoes and hurricanes, or earthquakes.

The unique process behind the long-lasting capabilities of The Perfect Block™ is that we take a modern era waste material, EPS, grind it up and mix it with Portland cement and make a form block. Then we fill that form with steel reinforced concrete for structure and strength. EPS is said to last for 500 years in a landfill and 2000-year-old concrete structures from the days of the early Romans are still in use today. Combining this old and new technology will build buildings that will last for the ages that are impervious to the hazards that bring the early demise of buildings built with current building practices and materials.

In response to concerns about the buildings reaching the end of their useable life, I would start with the question: Are the builders & architects designing and building a product for future generations that is well planned and designed for today’s users AND beyond? If so, their efforts will produce a building which, many in the industry say, has ‘good bones’.

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The interior mechanicals that heat, cool, light, provide connectivity, and maintain air quality, etc., may become old and obsolete and beg for updating. Retrofitting with new products will bring the building up to the then current standards.

Future owners may want to repurpose the rooms or move walls, but the shell often remains intact. In the cases when The Perfect Block™ has been used to build the shell, there is no deterioration and it continues to perform its purposes of insulating, being fireproof, termite, pest resistant, strong, and stable. The exterior may just need some fresh paint and architectural detail added or removed to make it more aesthetically desirable for the current times. These are the buildings and materials that stand the test of time, rather than become obsolete and reach the end of their useable life. (We can look to Europe, where variations of this type of building has been used for nearly three-quarters of a century. They have always built to have their buildings last.)

Further, I am sure that you would agree that, should an owner decide to raze a building anyway, where the “remains” end up depends on who is doing the project. Some redevelopers have the homes dismantled very carefully so that those elements that can be, are re-purposed, and other redevelopers do not. Often, it is an economical decision versus a lack of knowledge or an ecological decision.

To address the end of the “life cycle” of the block for the purpose of evaluating its sustainability, the innovators at Eco Building Systems are working on developing yet another part of the “system” which will simplify the re-use and recycling of buildings that are razed that are made of TPB. Currently It is anticipated that this will be ready long before there is a demand for it.

Eco Building Systems continues to produce simple effective building materials & systems to change the world one block at a time. They believe, as Henry David Thoreau once said – “What is the use of a house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?”

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Why is The Perfect Block™ perfect for EPS recycling? Because EPS is an abundant resource and we use 100% recycled EPS in The Perfect Block™ products!

EPS is everywhere. You just don’t see it unless you look. EPS is used for everything from shock cushioning for appliances and electronics, insulating coolers for frozen food and medications, to decorative trim features on many buildings and countless other uses. And when the intended use for this EPS is no longer necessary, then much of it finds its way to the landfill. But that doesn’t have to happen any longer.

Waste Management in Phoenix, Arizona has made a preliminary agreement to make The Perfect Block™ manufacturing facility owned by Eco Building Systems Corp. a drop-off hub for EPS. When we are ready and have the need for more EPS, EBS will accept the arrangement. With Waste Management’s outreach around the US and other nations of the world we believe the proof of concept EBS has offered, will be a great source to recycle the EPS. EBS will open the doors to have an abundance of EPS available to all the forthcoming factories in negotiations around the world. EBS has an abundance of EPS right now coming from many other sources prior to going to Waste Management and the landfills.

David Steiner, Chief Executive Officer of Waste Management Inc. (WM), reported in the preamble to the company’s 2010 sustainability report: “Today, we’re reinventing our business model and reconsidering the nature of waste itself. They say that one man’s trash is another’s treasure. At Waste Management, this is literally true. An estimated $8 billion to $10 billion in value may reside in the waste we manage each year in North America. Waste is no longer something to get rid of—it’s a resource.”

When clients who want to become a manufacturing partner come to the table, one of the first questions is, “what if there isn’t any EPS?” Here is only one reason why The Perfect Block™ Business model succeeds. With this new technology readily available EPS recycling has finally become a reality.

Due to its popularity, the global demand for EPS and its production is steadily increasing. According to GBI Research, the global demand for both polystyrene and EPS increased to 14.9 million tons in 2010 from 13 million tons in 2001. This is expected to further swell to 23.5 million tons by 2020, 1.7% of which, or close to 400,000 tons coming from the Middle East.

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Commercial EPS Recycling in Canada

Regarding commercial recycling (from business and institutions) versus residential recycling, commercial recycling is done directly by private firms rather than through the local municipality. Government departments that handle recycling have lists of private recyclers.

Foam Recycling Spreads Across Canada

Foam and rigid expanded polystyrene are a growing area of plastic recycling and that is expanding to communities around the world. Montreal is yet another major city in North America that is committed to recycling the polystyrene waste that their community produces. The city has extended their pilot foam-recycling program for the next five years with a new collection facility at the Lasalle Eco Centre in Montreal. The project is being run in conjunction with the Canadian Plastics Industry Association.

The project has already proven to be worthwhile, collecting 2.5 tons of polystyrene in the first year of the pilot program. The city is looking at more ways to increase their foam recycling.

Montreal is one of several cities throughout Canada that are recycling polystyrene. Currently there are 181 cities and towns that offer curbside collection for rigid polystyrene and 45 municipalities that pickup foam packaging. There are also 40 different drop-off locations across the country.

The post-consumer and post-commercial EPS recycling in 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010, 2012, and 2016 were 25 million pounds, 32 million pounds, 33.6 million pounds, 37.1 million pounds, 36.7 million pounds and 63 million pounds, respectively.

It is important to note that recycling every ton of EPS saves as much as 637 gallons of oil.

Recycling EPS: solving an environmental headache

Pound for pound, it takes much more landfill space than anything else buried there. According to some estimates, EPS waste amounts to 20-30% of the volume of landfilled trash. It makes up to 80% of the plastic litter in our oceans. Small particles of it look like food to many marine animals, but it has no nutritional value. Worse, it gradually kills them by clogging up their digestive systems.

Resources; Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA)

The Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) is the voice of the Canadian Plastics Industry. With over 2,422 companies employing 76,530 workers, Canada’s $17.6 billion plastics industry is a sophisticated, multi-faceted sector encompassing plastic products manufacturing, machinery, molds, and resins.

What’s the Answer? The Perfect Block™ (TPB)!

TPB is an insulated composite concrete form (ICCF / ICF) made from 100% recycled expanded polystyrene (EPS) ground in to an aggregate mixed with Portland cement, proprietary additives, and water then cured in a mold. The ICCF/ICF form when cured is a sturdy, rigid, and dense block. The block has to be strong and dense to hold the extreme pressures exerted on it when grouted solid with heavy wet concrete grout with an 8-9 inch slump. The hardness of the block makes it difficult for rodents and insects to burrow in to it. Additional deterrents to burrowing rodents: the materials the block is made from have zero food value to rodents or insects and the lime in the cement is a natural pesticide and fungicide and is an irritant and repels rodents and insects. Portland cement has pozzolanic material in it which means that it will react with water and harden, even when it is expended, it will harden to a degree, so if ingested by the rodent, the rodent’s life expectancy would be further threatened. With this new technology readily available successful EPS recycling has finally become a reality.

Sustainable home construction has put a new emphasis on expandable polystyrene insulated homes. The demand for a more efficient, energy saving, sustainable home has led to great innovations with improved insulation techniques using expanded polystyrene. Insulated concrete forms and structural insulated panels have become the 21st century’s answer to traditional building methods. The performance of new building techniques improves insulation, provides a model for less waste, and improves on the practice of sustainability in the building industry.

Insulated composite concrete forms have become what should be a necessary and sensible transition from traditional construction methods. ICCF’s offer much more insulation than traditional building practices. From sub-level to multi-floored buildings, the building practice provides more insulation and energy efficiency than that of traditional construction practices. Sound-barrier protection is vastly improved, as well as the overall stability and protection from nature’s destructive forces.

There are claims that total energy savings is more than 50% when compared to traditional wood framed homes.

In a study performed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory, “Dynamic Thermal Performance and AirTightness Effects of Concrete and Masonry Walls” and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, “Insulating Concrete Forms: Installed Cost and Acoustic Performance.” Houses built with ICCF exterior walls require an estimated 44 percent less energy to heat and 32 percent less energy to cool than comparable frame houses.

Additional studies from the Cement Association of Canada (CAC) and the Northwest Territories Housing Corp. (NWTHC) show that homes constructed with ICCF/ ICF above and below grade wall construction have reduced air infiltration compared to other wall assemblies.

1. How tall can ICF walls be built?

ICCFs have been engineered and built to 48 plus feet tall (free standing/load bearing). It is important to note that in most applications, ICCF projects can be designed using ACI 318 and are designed like any other steel reinforced concrete wall. Residential projects of up to two stories may also be designed in accordance with the IRC Section R611 or the Prescriptive Method for Insulating Concrete Forms in Residential Construction (EB118)

2. Are ICCFs code approved?

Yes. Every major code body in North America, including ICC and CCMC, has approved ICCFs. Also, ICCFs are listed as a prescriptive method of building in the International Residential Code and can be built to
commercial design specification using the International Building Code. ICCFs / ICF are also listed as a building system in the newest edition of the Canadian National Building Code.

Please feel free to ask any questions you like regarding The Perfect Block and its use as a truly green 100% recycled EPS building material.

Please visit our website with your questions and to review the benefits and the compliance to all codes.

Fireproof Building Blocks: A Sensible Solution to California’s Heartbreaking Recurring Loss of Homes to Fire

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We are introducing our Eco Building Systems Corp (EBS), The Perfect Block™ elements and building systems to California. We will be attending the California Green Summit in Sacramento on April 9th and 10th to introduce ourselves to Californians and the California state decision makers.

We want to inform Californians of a “green building” block that could significantly minimize the trauma of those who have experienced the devastating loss of their homes to fires. Those choosing to rebuild and those planning to build in the future should feel safe and confident that the next home they build won’t be once again destroyed by fire. That “green building” block is The Perfect Block™ insulated composite concrete form (ICCF).

“The Perfect Block™” is an insulated composite concrete form (ICCF) system made of a mixture of “ground up” post-industrial, post-consumer expanded polystyrene (EPS) also commonly known as “Styrofoam™”, Portland cement, and proprietary admixtures and water. Mixing cement with EPS ground into an aggregate makes The Perfect Block™ fireproof while at the same time maintaining outstanding insulating qualities. 100% of the EPS used in an ICCF block is recycled EPS intercepted before it reaches the landfill.

The EPS is what gives the ICCF block its outstanding insulating properties. We are using a modern era waste product that would be filling the world’s landfills to create a much-needed energy efficient and fireproof building block.

When the cores of assembled ICCF blocks are filled (grouted) with concrete and reinforcement steel (rebar) the cured structure provides a permanent framework for a monolithic “post and beam” grid of reinforced concrete to form incredibly strong, highly insulated stem walls, load-bearing walls, shear walls, non-load bearing walls, sound attenuation walls, lintels, perimeter walls, retaining walls, and many other components of a building.

Added features of The Perfect Block™ is its cost, which is highly competitive with wood framing and its strength: 700% stronger than traditional wood stick frame construction and its sound attenuation capability provides a quiet living environment. When properly engineered, it can be approved for seismic 8.0 earthquake zones. All this in a “green building” block that is fireproof and saves energy.

Californians should not fear rebuilding their homes in the same area where they suffered such loss but know all about their available options. Building with The Perfect Block™ coupled with safe fireproofing steps such as clearing property of combustible debris, metal roofs and soffits, and fireproof shutters for doors and windows, can ensure that a devastating loss of a home to fire is a thing of the past.

Eco Building Systems Reintroduces The “Not So New” Gray Block ICF To The World Of Green Building

Eco Building Systems (EBS), the makers of ThePerfectBlock™ is reintroducing the “gray block” ICF, insulating concrete form or insulated concrete form to the green building industry. So why is this a “reintroduction” of this ICF? The gray block ICF has been around for some time now but there are many misconceptions of the block and awareness to the public as a tremendous sustainable green building material is virtually unknown.

A reawakening to the sustainable building industry is in order. Imagine what a beneficial asset to “green living” a simple building block would be that is many times stronger than wood framing, costs less than wood framing, easy to build with, saves energy, mold and termite resistant, earthquake safe, hurricane and tornado safe, reduces noise pollution, and here’s the big one ……. fireproof!  All this in a building block made with cement and 100% recycled material. That beneficial asset is gray block ICF. So, let’s answer these two questions: what is a gray block ICF and why is it not so new?

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First, gray block ICF is a stay-in-place form ICF when stacked together much like traditional brick or block and grouted (filled with concrete) creates an incredibly strong concrete and reinforcing steel post and beam wall, that is well insulated, and makes a very quiet and safe home or building.

Gray block ICF is made from 100% recycled expanded polystyrene (EPS) ground into aggregate and mixed with water and Portland cement. Gray block is an ICF but it has its own name: ICCF or insulated composite concrete form. For decades, ICF has been commonly known to the building industry as the lightweight white EPS foam panels linked with plastic web ties and awareness of the gray block ICF has been relatively obscure.

Why is this? Maybe it is marketing or maybe it’s because it is vastly different from its white block brother and hasn’t received the recognition it deserves because it’s so different. The name ICCF accurately describes the gray block and differentiates it from its more well-known brother.

As to why gray block ICF or ICCF is “not so new”, gray block ICCF actually predates EPS white block ICF. ICCF has been around since the 1960’s. With the invention of expanded polystyrene (EPS) shortly after WWII, the innovative uses for the lightweight foam skyrocketed and not long after the intended use for the foam in its individual applications became unnecessary a troublesome refuse problem arose.

As their landfills were filling with EPS foam refuse with a lifespan of nearly 500 years the Europeans saw a need and were the first to develop a use for the nuisance foam trash by grinding it up and mixing with cement creating a new and useful green building material made from the world’s trash. ICCF was born.

Eco Building Systems offers an array of precise ICCF building elements for worldwide sustainable construction and for those wanting to produce those same ICCF building products anywhere in the world, EBS offers mobile block producing factories that can be set up in any location in the world.

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