A Smaller Footprint
When you build with Comfort Block, you build for life. Engineered to maximize sustainability without sacrificing strength and durability, Comfort Block is an environmentally responsible and resource-efficient building material with a smaller carbon footprint than traditional concrete masonry construction.
using locally sourced aggregate, up to 55% recycled materials, and 50% less cement than traditional concrete blocks
and less labor required during construction than other building methods
to reduce energy used for heating and cooling by up to 75%
than other building methods due to durability and resilience
In helping you build a home that will keep you healthy, protected, comfortable, and productive for years to come with minimal impact on the environment and our limited natural resources.
The Life Cycle of Sustainable Building Materials
Sustainability starts from the ground up, and the cradle-to-gate environmental performance of our products has been third-party evaluated and ASTM-certified so you can be confident that you will have a low-carbon footprint for your project. But low-carbon manufacturing is just the beginning.
When you build with Comfort Block, you reduce your environmental impact throughout the entire life of your home. A Comfort Block structure’s longevity, lifetime energy savings, and associated carbon emission reductions more than offset the emissions from manufacturing and construction, so you can be confident that you are making a high-return investment in the health and safety of your family and of our planet.
Our Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), published by ASTM, provide detailed information regarding the environmental impact of our extraction, transport, and manufacturing processes.
Comfort Block is produced using as much recycled material as possible, and we use locally extracted and regionally resourced materials in our concrete block production. The predominant raw materials for the production of concrete are abundant and renewable.
To reduce carbon emissions during the manufacturing process, Comfort Block is produced using G-mix®, a low-carbon formula that uses up to 55% recycled material and half the cement traditionally used to produce concrete blocks.
Comfort Block is made from a lightweight concrete mix, so more blocks can be transported per truck compared with blocks made from a traditional concrete mix.
The simplicity of construction using Comfort Block’s modular building system produces less waste of materials and requires less labor to build than traditional masonry or wood-framed structures.
Comfort Block structures are ultra-efficient with exceptional thermal performance and indoor environmental quality, reducing the energy required for maintaining a healthy and comfortable living space.
Comfort Block structures are extremely durable and require little to no maintenance or repairs, eliminating the carbon release that would be required to produce additional materials for maintaining a wood-framed home.
END OF LIFE
Comfort Block structures are built to last for generations, reducing or eliminating resource-intensive demolition and new construction.
The concrete in a Comfort Block building can be reclaimed and recycled instead of thrown away. If a Comfort Block building were to be taken down, its concrete could be used to make new concrete.
Comfort Block is committed to practicing sustainable manufacturing. We have made it our mission to reduce the environmental impact of concrete construction through innovative engineering, the use of reclaimed and recycled materials, and monitoring of fossil fuels used during the manufacturing process. Our products are subject to ongoing, continual improvement as we continually challenge our materials and processes, pushing the boundaries of what it means to make a concrete block.
To further reduce our environmental impact, we have the ability to replace over 50% of the aggregate in our concrete blocks with foamed recycled glass. In addition to reducing waste and the extraction of raw materials, recycled glass aggregate improves thermal efficiency and produces a lighter weight block that still exceeds strength requirements, reducing carbon emissions associated with transport.
G-mix® has the lowest carbon footprint in the industry.
We manufacture all of our concrete block systems using G-mix®, a low carbon formula that uses up to 55% recycled content and half of the cement traditionally used to produce concrete blocks. The processing of cement, the primary binding agent in concrete, accounts for 75% of total carbon emissions by traditionally manufactured concrete. We offset the use of cement with slag, a byproduct from the steel industry, to reduce our carbon footprint. The materials we use to supplement cement have the added benefit of increasing strength and efficiency, improving color, and decreasing efflorescence.
A Less Wasteful Method of Construction
Construction waste typically produced by traditional building methods is estimated to be as much as 30% of the total weight of the building materials delivered to a building site. Unlike other building materials, which must be cut to size, Comfort Block is a modular building system consisting of cement blocks that are produced in the exact sizes and quantities needed for your project. If there are any leftover blocks, they can simply be reused for another project instead of being thrown away. Concrete can also be reclaimed and recycled to produce more concrete.
The simplicity of Comfort Block construction, which requires no siding on the exterior and no furring and drywall on the interior, also reduces the number of different materials and tradesmen needed to assemble the structure. This eliminates the energy, waste, and manufacturing emissions associated with those additional materials and labor.