Welcome to SmartBlock

SmartBlock is a lightweight and insulated stay-in-place concrete form, made from expanded polystyrene (or foamed polystyrene), which is a common plastic.  Expanded polystyrene is widely used in the building industry as insulating material and is noted for its safe properties for installers and consumers and the durability of its high insulating quality. SmartBlock replaces conventional concrete formwork or masonry block in residential and light commercial applications.   SmartBlock forms are left in place after concrete is poured and provide superior insulation relative to conventional wood, concrete and masonry walls.  

Thousands of SmartBlock projects have been successfully completed throughout the US and abroad. These include basements, stem walls, retaining walls, decorative walls, fences, bridge abutments, entrance ways, acoustic walls, swimming pools, landscaping applications, pier and grade beams, complete homes, churches, schools and other institutional structures and commercial buildings, as well as many other project-specific applications that relied on SmartBlock unique versatility and job effectiveness.

SmartBlock forms are manufactured in two basic types, Variable Width Forms (12VWF Series) and Standard Forms (SF10 Series).   Both forms have rows of interlocking teeth at the top and bottom to facilitate easy assembly.  The form units remain after placing of reinforcing steel and concrete and must be protected by approved interior and exterior finish materials.

SmartBlock 12VWF (for “12 inches high variable width form”) is a flat block that arrives disassembled for easy shipping and storage. The face shells have slots along one side. Eight rigid plastic ties slide into the slots of two face shells to create the assembled block. The face shells measure 12 inches high by 40 inches long. They are 2.125 inches tick and made from expanded polystyrene. Their upper and lower edges have teeth for interconnecting adjacent blocks. The ties come in various lengths to create thickness of 3.75”, 5,75, 7.75, 9.75, 11.75 and larger custom-made thickness. EPS end pieces are also available to close off the end of the block so it can be used as a corner.

SmartBlock SF10 (for “10 inches high standard form”) is a one piece, all foam, and screen grid block.  It measure 10 inches high by 40 inches long and comes in one thickness to create a concrete thickness of 6.5 inches. The face shells have a minimum thickness of 1.75 inches. Their upper and lower edges have teeth for interconnecting adjacent blocks. EPS end pieces are also available to close off the end of the block so it can be used as a corner.

SmartBlock has the distinct advantage over most conventional forms of wall construction in that it can easily be cut with a hand-saw to create angled walls, curved walls, and openings of any size or shape. Such design elements are often eliminated from conventional construction methods because of additional costs incurred, but with SmartBlock, such features all add to the aesthetic quality and value of a building without necessarily adding cost.

Thousands of SmartBlock projects have been successfully completed throughout the US and abroad. These include basements, stem walls, retaining walls, decorative walls, fences, bridge abutments, entrance ways, acoustic walls, swimming pools, landscaping applications, pier and grade beams, complete homes, churches, schools, commercial buildings, as well as many other project-specific applications that relied on SmartBlock unique versatility and job effectiveness.

ConForm products are designed to meet or exceed the minimum material requirements of major building codes in the United States such as ICBO (ER-4572), BOCA (95-46), etc.

 
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