Faswall vs Durisol Comparison

From a client:

The original plans were developed with Durisol ICF blocks…

“The two products are similar in composition and less so dimensionally, but still generally compatible products. Faswall is 8″ tall where Durisol is 12”. Horizontal steel is placed at 16″ intervals with Faswall (every other course) and at 12″ minimum intervals with Durisol. This meant the structural engineer needed to do some work to establish a revised steel schedule. Further, I needed to be convinced that the 12″ block all the way up would have an acceptable appearance at the transition from plaster to board and batten.

“Mike built some mock-ups and, while I believe the stepped transition would look better, the benefits in switching to Faswall had a greater influence on the decision to make the change.The primary benefits are that Faswall (by Shelterworks) were far more forthcoming with information and technical support, and the manufacturing plant is located in Philomath Oregon (575mi) vs. Ontario Canada (2,600mi)…

I’ve been very pleased so far with the ease of assembly and cutting blocks to form a straight and true wall.The workers, who are skilled in carpentry and to a lesser extend masonry, seem to work with the new construction method with ease. Even the electrician, who is more accustomed to rolling in on the job after the wood framed walls are up and running wire and attaching junction boxes most anywhere, is positive about working in the somewhat more constrained environment…

“I even installed a few courses of Faswall block with my daughter and found it to be straight forward and relatively easy to do well.”

As you have discovered, Faswall® is a remarkable building material that creates a high-performing building envelope. To review the Faswall® features:

  • Highly resistant to rot and decay
  • Mold free
  • High thermal mass, which means no abrupt indoor temperature swings
  • Highly insulative for minimal energy use
  • Creates a very quiet indoor environment
  • Non-toxic, organic building materials
  • Vapor permeable, which means no abrupt humidity swings and no mold
  • Over 60 percent recycled content
  • Ideal DIY home construction material
  • 4-hour fire rating
  • Lasts for centuries

“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

You’d be surprised at the various types of homes and commercial buildings that can be built with Faswall. Check out some of the recent projects..
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