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Material Sheet
Concrete Block

Foundation Block

What is it used for

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Residential Construction

Foundation blocks provide a stable and robust base for homes, ensuring even load distribution and preventing settlement.


Commercial Construction

Used in commercial buildings to support large structures and heavy loads, maintaining structural integrity over time.


Industrial Construction

Ideal for industrial facilities where high load-bearing capacity is required, supporting heavy machinery and large-scale operations.

Brick Wall

Dimensions

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Length: 440 mm


Width: 215 mm


Height: 215 mm


Volume: 0.02041 m³


Weight: Approximately 20-25 kg

What it’s Made From

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Cement

The primary binding material, providing strength and durability to the block.


Aggregates

Includes sand, gravel, and crushed stone, which add bulk and stability to the block.


Water

Essential for the hydration process, which allows the cement to bind the aggregates together.


Additives

These can include materials like fly ash, slag, and chemical admixtures to enhance workability, durability, and strength.

Variations

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High-Density Foundation Block

Description: Increased density for higher strength and load-bearing capacity.

Applications: Suitable for heavy-duty foundations in commercial and industrial buildings.


Lightweight Foundation Block

Description: Made with lightweight aggregates to reduce overall weight.

Applications: Ideal for structures where reducing the load is critical.


Insulated Foundation Block

Description: Incorporates insulation to improve thermal performance.

Applications: Used in external foundations to enhance energy efficiency and reduce heat loss.

Installation

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Tools Required

Trowel | Spirit level | Tape measure | Brick hammer


Materials Required

Foundation blocks | Mortar mix | Water | Reinforcement bars (if needed)


Step-by-Step Guide:

  1. Preparation: Clear the site and lay out the foundation lines.

  2. Mix Mortar: Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for mixing mortar.

  3. Lay First Course: Start with a mortar bed, place the first row of blocks, and check alignment.

  4. Add Reinforcement: Insert reinforcement bars if required for additional strength.

  5. Build Up: Continue laying blocks with mortar, ensuring each layer is level.

  6. Final Checks: Ensure all blocks are properly aligned and joints are filled with mortar.

Technical Specification

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Compressive Strength: 7.3-10.4 MPa


Water Absorption: < 15%


Thermal Conductivity: 1.13 W/mK


Density: 1800-2100 kg/m³

Certification

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BS EN 771-3: British Standard for concrete bricks and blocks.


ISO 14001: Environmental management standards ensuring sustainable production practices.

Purchasing Quantities

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Single Units

Suitable for small projects, repairs, or precise adjustments where only a few blocks are needed.


Pallets

Typically sold in bulk, with each pallet containing around 40 to 50 blocks. Ideal for medium to large construction projects.


Bundles

Smaller quantities than pallets, often sold in bundles of 5, 10, or 20 blocks, suitable for minor projects or additions.

Environmental Impact

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Sustainability Considerations

Production involves significant energy and CO2 emissions, but using recycled aggregates and supplementary cementitious materials can reduce the environmental footprint.


Eco-friendly Alternatives

Opt for blocks made with recycled materials or low-carbon cement alternatives to minimize impact.


Waste Reduction

Proper planning and precise ordering can reduce waste. Excess materials should be recycled or reused where possible.


Energy Efficiency

Foundation blocks contribute to the thermal mass of buildings, aiding in maintaining stable indoor temperatures and improving energy efficiency.

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