Faswall for Storage Areas
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.
Inhibits Mold Growth or mildew that could harm Stored Objects
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.
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.
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.
“I call it the holy grail of materials,” he says by way of explanation. “I love the thermal performance. The blocks are very ingeniously designed, with the insulation panel on the outside of the thermal mass, where it should be for optimal performance. Think of a down jacket, which is placed as an outer layer on insulation to keep you warm. You end up with an amazing thermal envelope. Faswall exceeds every energy code in the country in terms of its thermal performance. It’s a no-brainer for meeting energy codes.”