Benefits of EF Block
The U.S. Fire Administration reports that fire kills more Americans than all natural disasters combined--averaging more than 3,700 people--plus another 20,000 injured--every year in the last decade. Direct property loss due to fires in 2006 is estimated at $11.3 billion. Fortunately, homes and buildings made from insulating concrete forms (ICFs) offer exceptional protection from the flames.
The Aledort residence in Rancho Bernardo, Calif., endured a literal baptism of fire during last fall's firestorms near San Diego. The fires destroyed more than 2,000 homes, but the Aledort residence survived unscathed, thanks in large part to its fireproof ICF walls.
In most areas of the United States, the greatest threat to homes and commercial structures is not hurricanes and tornadoes, but wildfire.
Fire Safe Homes: Technology at Its Best!
Nationwide forest fires have recently taken tremendous tolls on woodland communities. From Deadwood, South Dakota to areas throughout California and Arizona, thousands of homeowners were evacuated as forest fires consumed their homes and businesses.
Now home and business owners must focus on rebuilding what was lost. This time, however, they will not be building stick-frame structures. Instead, they will build with Earth Friendly Block (EF BlockTM).
EF BlockTM is a revolutionary building material which, in raw form, holds a minimum five-hour fire rating – and is virtually fireproof. Perhaps Arizona’s best kept secret, fire-resistant insulated concrete forms (ICFs) are not new to the market. With over 9,000 structures built in Arizona alone, it has established itself as the building material of choice for those seeking the best.
Fire-resistant ICF consumers include the Phoenix Fire Department, Arizona Fish & Game, U.S. Marine Corps, multiple Indian Nations, the City of Scottsdale, religious organizations, and the list goes on. All chose this product for its superior performance and competitive price.
EF BlockTM is not only fire resistant, it’s earthquake resilient, termite and rodent resistant, 700% stronger than wood-frame construction, and surpasses the thermal performance of virtually all other building materials – saving energy dollars!
The real bonus of EF BlockTM, however, is it’s made from 87% recycled materials and 13% Portland cement. The manufacture of the product reduces waste heading to the landfills and helps save the timberland for future generations.
As recent headline news demonstrate, wildfires are a very real part of our lives. With the loss of so many homes and businesses, consumers do well to think outside the wood-frame box and build with EF BlockTM.
Michael Naill, LEED AP, offers the following testimony on EF BlockTM:
High insulated value and thermo mass contribute to reduced energy costs and therefore reduced carbon emissions. By building with sustainable materials we extend the life cycle of our homes, thus reducing the demand on limited resources and adding value.
Indoor Environmental Quality:
By using 87% recycled foam we eliminate most off gassing, and by helping to create an air tight envelope we control air infiltration and indoor air quality. By controlling heat gain we are able to manage thermo comfort. EF BlockTM additionally cuts down on outside noise, termites, and fire spread.
By manufacturing locally we support the local economy. By using recycled foam we are able to save valuable resources and the eco systems. Additionally we are able to cut down on materials entering the landfill.
Construction with EF Block, Mexico, EF Block MX covers the country as well as Baja, BCS, LaPaz, Loretto, LaVentana, BCS, Cabo, Los Barriles, Todos Santos.
With superior insulation R23, your home will be warm in the winter and cool in the summer. We are very energy efficient and green for the environment. We recycle all the waste foam from your packages. We have no problem telling you who our competition is, they are IntegraSpec, eco, Build Block, GreenBlock, Smartblock, Quad-Lock, bluemaxx, flexx-block, Logix, Arxx, Amic, nudura, reward, polysteel, panel W, Perform Wall. Insulated concrete form home, ICF, insulated cinder block homes.
EF Block encourages you to check them out before making your decision, we did and invested in setting up a state of the art new Earth Friendly Block System. EF Block knows we have a great product and we are in Mexico to serve you.
EF Block gives you a hard number about $4,000.00 per 1000 sq feet differential. See if you can get any of them to give you a ruff estimate. We double dare you... Thousands of homes and business have been made with our technology.
Prices are usually highest for residential and commercial consumers because it costs more to distribute electricity to them. Industrial consumers also use more and can take their electricity at higher voltages so it does not need to be stepped down. These factors make the price of power to industrial customers closer to the wholesale price of electricity.
In 2011, the average retail price of electricity in the United States was 10.0 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh). The average prices by type of utility customer were:
Here is Mexico's CFE current rate after 200KWH a month, it is 2.6 pesos a KWH plus 11% IVA tax. So roughly 26 cents a kWh or double the average USA rate. If you exceed 850-1000kwh per month for a year then you will be set on a high rate called DAC which is 3 to 3.5 pesos per kwh, roughtly 30 cents a kwh. We have one persons electric bill that was paying about $900.00 a month.
Hawaii is about 25 cents a kwh but they do not have to use AC like the baja needs too. LaPaz hits over 100 degrees for 4 months.
A person in Arizona with a electric bill in the summer of $500.00 would have a bill about $1,200.00 a month in baja.
As a side note most homes in the USA are insulated, where in Mexico a typical concrete block home is not. In the summer in the baja you can run into USD$300.00-$900.00 on up electric bills per month for 1000-2000 sq foot homes that are made of just concrete block.
Just off the press May 2013