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Q: Are concrete block and cement the same thing?

A: No. The words concrete and cement are commonly used interchangeably, but cement is actually a powdery ingredient in concrete. It is the “glue” which holds concrete together when combined with water, sand and rock.

Q: Are there certain termites that can eat concrete block?

A: No.

Q: Are concrete block homes more energy efficient than wood-frame houses?

A: Yes. Concrete block’s mass increases energy efficiency because concrete block walls respond slowly to changes in temperature. For example, it may take four to eight hours for a temperature change to migrate through a concrete block wall, yet only one hour through an insulated wood frame wall. Air leaks are responsible for one third of the energy loss in homes. Due to its solid wall system, there are fewer air leaks in concrete block homes.

Q: How many trees are typically needed to build the average wood-frame house?

A: The typical wood-frame house requires 41 trees to provide all the materials needed. Concrete block products can replace many, if not all, of the wood products, including the roof.

Q: What is an R-value?

A: An R-Value or R-Factor is a resistance value. It measures the ability of a wall to resist temperature changes from one side to the other. A wood-frame house requires a much higher R-Value to achieve the same energy efficiency as a concrete block home with a lower R-Value.