Faswall Featured in Wine Business Monthly


wbm_cover_2015-3-1Faswall 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.

Is your winery looking to build a new wine barrel storage room or any other structure on your property? Faswall is also great for foundations, commercial centers, homes and outbuildings. Do-it-yourself builders love how ease it is to use. Contact us today to learn how we can help your winery meet its goals.

Why Faswall Block is Perfect for Wine Cellar Construction


Faswall Wine Cellar ConstructionFaswall block is an excellent choice for wine cellar construction and wine production/storage facilities. This is due to the vapor permeability of the wood fiber/cement composite.

Vapor permeability is a materials ability to allow water vapor to pass through. In a Faswall-built wall, the block can be left without being wrapped in a water-proof membrane.

By leaving the wall vapor permeable and capable of taking in moisture and releasing moisture the wall system is in effect “breathable” — which is, of course, perfect for wine cellar construction.

Since wood fiber cement composite has nothing in it that can “rot,” there is no capacity for mold growth occurring inside the wall system. The goal is to effectively stop any wind driven rain/snow etc. from migrating into the building.

It is okay for the wall to take on moisture, as it is released in the push and pull of the high and low pressure differential between the interior and the exterior.

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.

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 system actually helps to inhibit mold growth.

Last week I was viewing the South Seattle Community College Wine Academy.  This building is being built by Regency NW Construction Inc., of Bellevue, WA.  The facility was designed by Boxwood architects.  They chose Faswall for their wine cellar construction material.

Watch this video to learn more about using Faswall block for wine cellar construction:

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