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An Energy-Saving Block
Northeast Solite’s latest innovation for the masonry industry is an environmentally conscious block, the Solar/Stud Block.
The Solar/Stud Block, or SSB, is described as an energy-saving, sustainable, environmentally conscious total wall-building system. The block is a lightweight, load-bearing unit that may be used as a hollow, partially reinforced or fully reinforced building component.
The primary material used in its manufacture is lightweight aggregate. Portland cement is the binder, with the option of green supplementary post- and pre-consumer materials that may be available to the individual producer. Elemix expanded polystyrene additive is also used in the mix design to impart fastening properties beyond those of conventional masonry. This results in an extremely lightweight, energy-efficient unit. The overall footprint of the SSB is 11 5/8 inches wide X 15 5/8 inches long X 7 5/8 inches high. Two units are manufactured at once in the mold design.
The insulating insert is expanded polystyrene supplied by Concrete Block Insulating Systems. The insert does contain a percentage of recycled material. The design includes a corner filler piece that interlocks with the adjacent units. Each individual insert interlocks with the next to eliminate any air gaps as well as thermal bridging.
The SSB is pre-insulated at the manufacturing plant for immediate use once delivered to the jobsite. Walls are constructed with conventional mortar; the only difference is that each course is inverted from the previous course.
Basic block design
How it works
The SSB saves energy in the cooling mode as well. As outdoor temperatures drop in the evening, the wall cools, which delays the warming of the interior space the next day, resulting in lower air-conditioning demands.
R-values meet or exceed those required by the International Energy Compliance Code for mass wall construction. Actual R-values will vary between R-13 to R-15, depending on interior and exterior finishes.
Finish design options
Examples include, but are not limited to, single- or multi-family residential homes, condominiums, and assisted-living health care. Energy savings begin on the first day of occupancy and continue through the life of the building.
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