EF Block™ Manufacturing Goes International
A green business opportunity emerges.
With the cost of energy rising every
year, homeowners and businesses are increasingly demanding super-efficiency in their building projects to lower
energy costs and produce structures that are more durable and promote better health for the
family and workforce.
Tempe-based Dan Chouinard and his wife
Sue have made it their
life’s mission to revitalize the green building movement with visionary products that are now
set to ride the coming wave of demand for green, eco-friendly buildings.
La Paz Plant
Apart from the main plant in Tempe, AZ, and a subsidiary in La Paz,Baja California Sur that services the
local construction market, Dan and Sue have just proudly opened their third facility near Kingman,AZ. This is
a ground breaking 110-mold plant that will increased production efficiencies and competitive block pricing. Plans
are already in the works to increase the Kingman plant to 220-molds.
They are now fielding enquiries for plant facilities
all over the country, and are in negotiation to open plants in Portland, Oregon,
and Tuskegee, Alabama, as well
as The Philippines, Costa
Africa, as more and more are discovering this production model and the many
benefits of EF Block™.
Using a proprietary cementious
material blend called “EF Admix” and unique compression technology, they have created a
distinctive ICF (Insulated Concrete Form) called Earth Friendly Block (EF Block™). ICFs are
lightweight building blocks, planks or panels used to form the building’s skeleton into which
steel re-bars are inserted and concrete poured, so as to provide strength and
While there are
many choices in the market, the EF Block™ manufacturing process is special in that it is shreds
EPS into tiny bubbles, then blends in the Admix and, under high
compression, forms a 10”-wide x 12”-high x 60”-long block comprised of 87% post-consumer EPS and
weighing less than 50 pounds.
Besides the positive impact that this product can
have on our urban landfills and recycling programs, it is nothing short of remarkable in its
EF Block™ will insulate at a thermal rating of
R-40+ with no further spray foam insulation required to the inner walls. The insulation
IN the block.
Those attributes supplying thermal insulation
also deliver high soundproofing.
This is the only ICF product we know of where each and every
block produced is made of post consumer EPS making not just a safer product but
atruly green one. By taking EPS out of landfills, EF Block™
manufacturers can form “official recycler” trade partnerships with government, municipal,
and commercial associations and can, where applicable, can qualify for green tax credit and
Because it uses stabilized, post-consumer shredded EPS, EF Block™
will not “off-gas” i.e. not produce dangerous gasses associated with ICF structures made
with stay-in-place virgin EPS or traditional spray-foam; this makes EF Block™ the best choice for
a healthy family and workforce. For this reason EF Block™ is approved by the American
EF Block™ holds a fire rating in excess of 4 hours.
EF Block™ is mold, fungus and
termite resistant compared to traditional stick fame buildings.
EF Block™ is 700% stronger than traditional timber
frame structures, and is resistant to hurricane force winds.
The unique pliability of EF Block™ makes this building form
more resistant to minor earthquake tremors than traditional CMU.
Nothing is wasted in the EF Block™ facility. The cement and EPS dust
that settles on the floor is vacuumed up at the end of the day and can be mixed back into the process the following
EF Block™ is
versatile and easy to use. In fact, experienced builders who have considered available options and have
found EF Block™ to be superior in so many ways that it has won them over, and by word of mouth, more and more in
the industry are incorporating the benefits of the block into their builds.
EF Block™ is a 12”
on center screen grid molded ICF, and conforms to the Prescriptive Method – US Dept. of HUD in Plane Shear
Resistance- US Dept. of HUD, IRC 2006, 2009 & 2012 requirements. It can be made into permanent formwork for
retaining walls, sound and basement walls, foundation, stem and load bearing walls, as well as backyard
planters, landscaping and BBQ areas.
It is lightweight enough to allow one person to lift and stack it in place but heavy enough to
stay in place with little to no bracing necessary when grouting; every time one block is laid it covers 5 square
feet of wall. Because the block is pre-insulated it cuts out entire trades and dramatically reduces build
completion time thereby enhancing cost savings.
It also makes electrical and plumbing duct work a breeze by allowing a high degree of
flexibility of channeling into the walls, thereby further cutting down on labor. When all this is taken into
account, EF Block™ is cheaper than traditional insulated CMU and insulated timber - the two most common forms of
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If you are
fascinated by EF Block™ and are considering owning your own plant or simply purchasing EF Block™ for your own
build, call Dan at (480) 830-5393 or visit www.efbm.com or send him an email on, [email protected]
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