Faswall for Wineries or Agriculture
Energy Efficient Structures:
Faswall creates extreme energy efficiency structures that keep heating and cooling costs to a minimum. Faswall is made with 60 percent recycled materials, including recycled pallet wood and some recycled cement.
Humidity and temperature fluctuations affect the quality of wine’s flavor and aroma. Relative humidity levels must be maintained at levels between 60 to 70%. Temperatures extremes are to be avoided. Faswall-built walls have the capacity to meet both of these requirements much more effectively and naturally than traditionally stick built structures, or other wall systems. This is why wine cellar designers love using it for wine cellar construction.
Beautiful Clean, Easy to Maintain Interiors and Exteriors
Plaster can easily be applied to the side of the blocks, which makes walls easy to clean if there are spills.
Inhibits Mold Growth or mildew that could harm the wine
Being a vapor permeable building envelope, RH levels in a Faswall® building are kept low enough so that it is not possible to reach the level of RH where mold can start to grow (typically 70% RH). Combined with the high pH (alkaline) environment resulting from the cement content, this means that the wall construction materials actually inhibit mold growth.
Breathe Easier, Less Maintenance
This means that allergy sufferers sensitive to mold spores in particular will breathe easier and feel safer. You also won’t have to worry about tearing out and replacing walls due to mold.
“We did a lot of research on various green building systems but settled on Faswall. Not only did it seem like the “greenest” technology, but the ease of building compared to other systems seemed like a good choice for an owner/builder. What we didn’t expect, but were totally delighted with, was how knowledgable and helpful the people at Faswall were. We couldn’t have done it without you!”
-Ted and Donna Havecheck
A Green Building System for Sustainability, Health, Durability, & Simplicity
Faswall green building blocks were featured in the March issue of Wine Business Monthly, a trade magazine that serves wineries and others in the U.S. wine industry. Read the article by clicking this link and going to page 76 (you will need to create a free account to access the article).
The article describes a wine barrel storage room built with Faswall green building blocks at South Seattle College’s NW Wine Academy. The architect, Joe Chauncey at Seattle-based Boxwood, chose Faswall because of many properties that make it great for wine barrel storage. The blocks resist mold or mildew that could harm the wine. They will not rot even in very humid conditions. Plaster can easily be applied to the side of the blocks, which makes walls easy to clean if there are spills. Faswall green building blocks can be cut with wood saws and take standard wood screws, meaning contractors don’t need special equipment to work with them.
Chauncey and Regina Daigneault, the program’s wine technology coordinator, liked Faswall’s green building characteristics. It creates extreme energy efficiency structures that keep heating and cooling costs to a minimum. Faswall is made with 60 percent recycled materials, including recycled pallet wood and some recycled cement.
Both parties agreed that Faswall also creates beautiful structures. The wine barrel storage room is inside the NW Wine Academy’s tasting room, and the exposed mineralized wood walls serve as conversation-starters inside the newly renovated space.