The Europeans have been building homes, commercial
buildings, retaining walls, and fences for centuries,
with a building block designed many years ago.
This Block has not changed much over the centuries and
has provided the Europeans, Asians, and South Africans
with strong structures that have survived for
centuries. Their homes are free from fire, insects,
rodents, and mould. They require very little maintenance
for time they have been given, security and comfort to
the people living in them.
In North America, our buildings of homes and multifamily
units have used wood frame construction for years, as
wood was readily available and quick to utilize. The
problem with wood structures, are that the forces of
nature, such as hurricanes, tornados, and fire can
destroy those buildings very quickly. Other factors
against wood are longevity, insects, mould, and the way
we protect wood to extend its life. A home in North
America has a life span of approximately FIFTY years,
requiring either a tear down or a major upgrade to be
When a home has to be torn down to give way for the new
building, the energy used to tear it down and rebuild,
is huge, creating a large carbon factor. If this
building could last a few hundred years (like the
European structures), you have a huge saving in energy.
The Homeowners in North America like concrete on their
homes. This is why the outside finishes of homes are
covered with brick, cultured stone, stucco, and cement
board. These finishes are hung onto a wood structure
that in time, will shrink, rot, be eaten by insects
(Termites) leaving it with no support for the stucco,
brick, or cement board.
In turn, the stucco cracks allowing moisture, and
insects to get into the wood to speed up deterioration
of the structure meant to support it.
Today our yellow pages are full of pest control
companies, standing ground to deal with such problems.
Stucco repair companies make a business fixing your
stucco sidings. We can see the destruction of
communities who have suffered major loss from fires, in
single and multiple family units.
Now we have the opportunity to make changes for our
future generations to provide those structures that can
provide security and comfort and be free of fire,
insects, mould, and sustain hurricane forces and
Genie Block is considered the building block of the 21st
century for many reasons.
Genie Block has taken the existing building blocks to
the next level.
The Genie Block was developed to change the old habit of
placing one block at a time by hand, to a large block
with multiple bricks formed onto the block. The large
block is 6 ft long, 1ft high and 8.5 inches wide. Hollow
both vertically and horizontally to allow re-enforcing
bars to pass through.
The purpose of the vertical and horizontal cavities is
to bind the assembly of blocks with re-enforcing rods
and concrete, creating a structure capable to withstand
hurricane winds, earthquakes, floods, and fires.
These blocks can be used in many applications such as
residential homes, concrete garages, retaining walls,
staircases, commercial buildings, and fences.
The faces of the blocks are made using a rubber mould,
placed into a form. The rubber pattern can create many
custom designs to suit the customer’s taste and needs.
The production of these blocks can be done in a small
warehouse to service a community with a majority of the
Small equipment and lifting jigs have been designed to
install the blocks in the landscape field.
Contractors are very impressed at the results of this
innovative building system because of the solid look.
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