Concrete Products

FEB 2018

Concrete Products covers the issues that attract producers of ready mixed and manufactured concrete focusing on equipment and material technology, market development and management topics.

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32 • February 2018 An insulated concrete masonry wall system, with block placed on adhesive or thin set mortar, was among finalists in the Best of IBS Awards/Most Innovative Building Products category, spotlighted last month during the National Association of Home Builders Inter- national Builders' Show (IBS), Orlando. Developed by Sanford, Me., building and hardscape unit producer Genest Concrete, Comfort Block is offered in two- and four-piece versions, CB-8 and CB-16, for 8- or 16-in. thick walls. The base Comfort Block has two transverse channels running near the unit width; one is for 2.5-in. expanded polystyrene foam insulation inserts, the second for wire and electrical box placement along the inside wythe—affording builders or owners a plaster or stucco finishing option to furring and drywall alternatives. The CB-16 system accommodates three EPS inserts totaling 7.5 inches of insula- tion sandwiched between four concrete masonry sections. Precision grinding of Comfort Block units to uniform height enables the use of a thin mortar joint or an adhesive exhibiting five times the bonding strength of conventional masonry mortar. Genest Concrete formally debuted Comfort Block at the IBS fol- lowing early system installations in New England, including a Maine ranch-style home. Most Innovative Building Products is one of nine Best of IBS Awards categories. Twenty-seven industry and media judges weighed the program's 300-plus entries on these criteria: Innovative, where product is either new or significantly modified and could be deemed a "game-changer" in its class; Functionality, such that builders or consumers will put the product to good use in their businesses or daily lives; and, Good Design, indicating the product's potential to help builders and consumers solve a specific issue and add to bottom lines or satisfaction levels. After the commercial launch at Orlando's Orange County Conven- tion Center, Genest Concrete will spotlight the Comfort Block system this month during the National Concrete Masonry Association's 2018 Convention and ICON Expo in Indianapolis. System production licens- ing inquiries can be directed to Chris Genest, president, 207/324-3250 ext. 123; NEWS SCOPE BY DON MARSH Builders warm to Genest Concrete's Comfort Block Very uniform unit height attained through precision grinding allows Genest Con- crete to promote an alternative to conventional mortar in Comfort Block specs. Shown here on an early residential wall project, a performance adhesive proves easier to apply than mortar, exhibits up to five times the bonding strength and equates to minimal clean up or waste at the end of the day. International Build- ers' Show attendees took special note of the Comfort Block system's rapid con- struction potential against traditional concrete masonry unit and cementitious mortar combinations. Genest Concrete has designed the CB-16 around the main Stretcher unit (8- x 12- x 16-in.), shown here with full insulation, plus full (12-in. long) or half end (6-in. long), corner (10-in. long) and jamb (12- or 6-in. long) units.

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