The Europeans have been building homes, commercial
buildings, retaining walls, and fences for
centuries, with a building block designed many years
This Block has not changed much over the centuries
and has provided the Europeans, Asians, and South
Africans with strong structures that have stood the
test of time. Their homes are free from fire,
insects, rodents, and mould. They require very
little maintenance providing security and comfort to
the people living in them.
In North America 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 is, that the forces of nature
such as hurricanes, tornados, and fire can destroy
this type of building very quickly. Another factor
against wood is longevity, insects, and mould. A
home in North America has a life span of
approximately FIFTY years, requiring either a tear
down or a major upgrade to be livable.
INSECT AND RODENT RESISTANT!
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.
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 the
deteriorating structure meant to support it.
Today our yellow page books are full of pest control
companies, waiting for a call 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 losses from fires,
in single and multiple family units.
Now we have the opportunity to make changes for our
future generations. To provide structures that can give
security, comfort, and to be free of fire, insects,
mould, and sustain hurricane forces and earthquakes.
Building Blocks of the 21st Century for
Genie Block has taken the existing building blocks to
the next level.
The Genie Block was developed in response to the
devastating fires in Kelowna five years ago by a local
Manufacturer. Genie Block is a large block with multiple
faces formed onto the block, and is installed using
small cranes and lifting devices.
The Genie Block is 6 ft long, 1ft high and 8.5 inches
wide. It has cavities, both vertically and horizontally
allowing re-enforcing bars to pass through.
The purpose of the vertical and horizontal blocks is to
bind the assembly of blocks with re-enforcing rods and
concrete, creating a structure capable of 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 customers taste and needs.
The productions of these blocks can be done in a small
warehouse facility to service a community.
Homeowners that have seen the homes and retaining walls
built locally are very impressed with the building
** Look us up at
www.genieblock.com or call 604-294-5342 **