The Benefits of Mass Block Wall Systems
by James Kilvert on Dec 7, 2020
Need a retaining wall? Settlement pond? Ramp? Storage system for fertilizer or landscaping supplies? Mass block wall systems offer the easiest, cost-effective and eco-positive way to achieve a huge range of outdoor wall solutions.
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Modular construction, generally speaking, is when elements of a build are completed offsite, usually in a factory. For kitset homes, for instance, wall framing might be built in a warehouse, shipped to the site, and then like a giant Meccano set, locked together in a matter of days.
Modular concrete block wall systems are when the elements of walls are created in a factory. The standardized concrete blocks are made to precise engineering specifications, perfectly and consistently, and then shipped to the site. Once there, it’s a matter of unloading, putting them into place, and your wall can be built in hours.
There’s more to mass block systems than just walls though. They are suitable for a wide range of civil, commercial, and landscaping applications.
Benefit one: Top quality, assured
In a factory, everything is controlled. Unlike on-site, where there’s weather to contend with, laborers who may not understand the variations in materials, in a warehouse or factory, there’s complete control of the process.
This means that the blocks are made to the highest possible engineering standards. There’s little variation among them, they all fit together perfectly, and the staff making them are skilled and experienced.
Benefit two: No on-site disruptions
The blocks show up on site. There’s no waiting around for extra contractors, or parts, or worries about poor quality castings, or re-doing entire cement jobs. It’s simply putting them into place, clicking them together like an enormous Lego set.
No delays, no problems with walls.
Benefit three: Fast build
If the blocks were to be created on site, there is so much that goes into it. Molds, concrete pours, skilled tradespeople, reinforcing. But with precast concrete blocks, construction can happen 30 to 50% faster than any traditional process. In a world where time is money and build delays can be costly, modular construction systems are the fast answer.
Benefit four: Eco-positive option
Modular construction produces less waste than traditional methods. Modular building companies also lead the way in using recycled materials. Construction processes can be adapted to suit upcycled products without any compromise in quality or performance.
Unlike walls that are poured or created for that build, modular systems are easy to re-use. Simply pick them up and they are ready to be used again on another project, another site, or in a different way.
Modular blocks are a green building material.
Benefit five: Cheap as chips
With shorter construction times, lower labor costs, and standardized sizes, modular systems offer substantial cost benefits. As well as this, even after use, you still have a usable asset; it’s no one-hit-wonder. They’re cheap, reliably good, and keeps everyone, especially customers, happy.
Benefit six: Conveniently customizable
Mass concrete wall blocks are designed thoughtfully, created to be highly flexible. A ramp can become a retaining wall. A hopper pit can become a pond. That storage bin becomes a counterweight. There’s no huge design drama either; simply move the blocks to where they need to be, line them up, and your new construction is done.
Benefit seven: Flexibility
While the concrete itself is every bit as stable and safe as a precast wall, this wall can be increased or decreased in size, easily moved 10 cm or 10 km, or reconfigured as needed. As your business evolves, your walls should too. While the components last forever, you don’t have to put up with a solution that no longer works for your business. That wall becomes a bunker or a retaining wall after a flood.
Fast, simple, adaptable and easy
While other solutions are slow, inflexible, and permanent, the use of modular walls makes projects a breeze. Two people can build 160m2 of interlocking block wall in one day – how will that affect the build time for your project? Also, because the blocks are precast, there’s minimal at-height work and less heavy lifting requirements, removing risk for employees and helping to avoid escalating OSH compliance costs.
Modular concrete block walls are also the most environmentally friendly option, with their use of upcycled materials and the ethos of re-use making them a green addition to any project.
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