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Faswall
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Product Info

Manufacturer ShelterWorks, Ltd. (Oregon)
Web Link http://faswall.com/

Purchase Info

Direct from manufacturer http://faswall.com/contact-us/ (541) 929-8010

Green Credentials

LEED Relevance MR 2 Environmentally Preferable Products

Faswall Wall Forms are made from clean recycled wood fiber (typically from used pallets). These wood fibers are mineral coated to seal the wood and neutralize the sugars that cause decay, then mixed with a small quantity of cement as a binder to form sturdy and beautiful blocks 2 feet long by 12 inches wide and 8 inches high. These natural and breathable building blocks are then dry stacked to form a wall that is filled with cement to form a reinforced concrete grid surrounded by breathable, insulative wood chips. The surface can then be stuccoed inside and out, or take any number of other exterior applications.

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Durisol / Faswall

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3.5
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3.0
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4.0
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Some time after World War Two a process for "mineralizing" wood chips was patented. The proprietary process artificially petrifies the wood, removing the sugars that small and microscopic critters like to eat, thus rendering the wood stable and inert like stone. Mineralized wood chips (which are the waste products of mills), are then bound with cement into hollow-core building blocks. Blocks are dry-stacked with mineral wool or polyisocyanurate insulating inserts, then reinforced and grouted as needed for structural purposes.

Two products can be found in North America that use this process. The more established and widespread company/product is Durisol, made and widely used in Canada for many years, and on many types of buildings including multistory.

The US version is Faswall, until recently made in South Carolina, but now made in Oregon. The material and building systems are essentially the same, though the block sizes are slightly different.

The walls can be below grade, and compare to their main competition -- polystyrene ICF's such as ARXX -- as follows (see specific websites for specific numbers):

Durisol / Faswall Polystyrene Insulating Concrete Forms

R-value good very good
(insulation)

termites very good good, but termites eat tunnels through polystyrene

chemicals very clean typically contain brominated fire retardants

workability can be sawn, nailed, requires special fastening systems
screwed, and provides
firm substrate for plasters

locally sourced? Toronto / Oregon varies, but similar to Durisol / Faswall

 
 


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2.6
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3.0   (2)
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3.0   (2)
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2.0   (2)
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wkirHhSom

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Reviewed by Celso
July 22, 2012
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Actually, the blade is designed to work at the spfieicc revolutions of the machine, so using it in anything else would probably result in overheating, warping and loss of teeth. In the worst case you could have pieces of blade fragment and turn to shrapnel. Anyway, the motor is very good, the torque is great and the thing is not even expensive, so why not give it a try? Mine is just fine.

 

MuHPietchc

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Reviewed by Besaran
July 03, 2012
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