Living in the United States, it’s easy to forget that sturdy housing is a luxury in many parts of the world, where homes are constructed from wood scraps and a sheet of corrugated metal for a roof. So in today’s article from the Scranton general contractors at Rudis Enterprises, LLC, we’ll examine how a new type of cement block is helping people to build affordable and sturdy homes across the globe.
What’s Special About These Cement Blocks?
These cement blocks are actually quite unique, as they do not require binders, mixtures or even skilled laborers. To call these cement blocks similar to 3D puzzle pieces is actually quite accurate, as they’re designed to interlock with each other, forming a sturdy and solid structure.
These special cement blocks were invented by an architect named Jorge Capistran and Juan Manuel Reyes, with the Armandos Omega company, which produces the blocks, formally called Block ARMO. Reyes indicated that the company is striving “to provide new construction systems to further contribute to Mexican society, meeting the demand for decent housing… This construction method helps workers because they don’t need any extensive training to implement the system.”
Reyes explained, “The system consists of six pieces of self-assembly [blocks] that are also self-supporting. A metal rod is inserted every 80 centimeters with no need for a special foundation, creating a structure where you can install pipes and wiring without any problems.”
It’s estimated that these unique cement blocks can slash construction timeframes by as much as 50 percent — a remarkable reduction, especially when you consider that you don’t need to be a skilled worker to use the blocks. They’re designed so that even unskilled workers can use them to build a structure. This is key, as labor accounts for a very large portion of construction costs. But by slashing the build time in half and by making it possible to use virtually any worker who is physically able to work with the cement blocks, the cost of constructing a new home (or other structure) decreases dramatically.
What’s more, the cement blocks are produced in Cholula in Puebla, Mexico, using a highly efficient technique that utilizes recycled materials and very little water. The company is reportedly in the process of developing variants of the cement blocks to allow for different finishes and textures.
This new invention is actually the latest in a series of inventions emerging from a new construction industry sector, designed to reduce construction costs and construction timeframes. This is critical for many areas of the world, where housing shortages are very real. These construction blocks are currently used primarily in Mexico, but they’re reportedly being exported to a number of other nations as well.
Trust Your Construction Project to a Top Scranton Contractor
If you’re planning to build a new home or want to perform major home improvements, such as a remodeling project or a renovation, now is the time to take action! The winter can pose some challenges when it comes to certain elements of a home improvement project or build, so there are a number of tasks that should be performed in the fall, before the freezing temperatures arrive. So if you’re considering a project, contact the experts at Rudis Enterprises!
At Rudis Enterprises, we offer a full range of Scranton building and home improvement services, including bathroom renovations, kitchen renovations, landscaping and eco-friendly home improvement services, designed to improve home value and boost energy efficiency. We also handle urgent repairs, such as broken windows, damage from fallen trees, and beyond. We serve Scranton and the surrounding region of Pennsylvania.
To get help with your home improvement project, contact Rudis Enterprises, a top Northeastern Pennsylvania and Scranton contractor by calling 570.591.2453 or stop by our contact form to send your project details.