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"MineralBuilt": a practical CMU for insulation?

 
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DRN



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2018 11:19 am    Post subject: "MineralBuilt": a practical CMU for insulation? Reply with quote

I saw this in the latest issue of Architect Magazine:
https://www.architectmagazine.com/awards/r-d-awards/citation-mineralbuilt-a-new-cmu-block-designed-by-architects_o

website:

http://www.mineralbuilt.com/

The block unit design creates "hollow studs" which can be reinforced, space for an effective amount of insulation, and notches for pipe or conduit runs. Not sure how well it works as a retaining wall, but as an above ground masonry application, it looks viable. My only concern is field breakage...the outer shell is large and relatively thin.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2018 2:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The units appear to be sized at 18" in width. I wonder why not 16"; that would coordinate with standard sheet sizes, potentially allowing panels to be
applied directly to the piers. This would be a first for the direct synchronization of CMUs with wood framing, plywood, and sheetrock in building construction
-- to my limited knowledge.

Or perhaps there is not that much call for the coordination of exterior and interior materials. What say ?

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2018 5:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You raise a valid point, framing is typically on 16" or 24" centers to accommodate sheathing that is typically in 4',8',and 12' modules...though 12' divided by 18" yields 8 blocks.

I'm wondering if the ability to construct additional SF of wall surface per delivered cube played a part in the 2"dimension stretch.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2018 5:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not sure I'm ready for a house held together with zip ties, but it's a creative idea ...
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