The APEX Block
48” x 16” x 10”
We understand that you have options and specific demands when it comes to choosing a wall system for constructing your next home or commercial project. To aid you in your quest to find the right solution for your specific needs, we have created a chart below that allows you to compare our block’s characteristics with other potential options.
This comparison chart is also intended to provide you with a snapshot of our unique distinctness between other common products that exist in the market today. Through it all, we stand by our claims made on this website and we believe we have succeeded in providing our visitors with honest and objective content.
Our employees are well educated about our product and have a keen understanding about other common products in the market today. If you have any questions regarding the information below, please do not hesitate to contact us as we welcome your quest for further knowledge.
Build Method Comparison Chart
(2″ x 6″)
|% Recycled Content||50-100%||0%||0%||0%|
|Construction Materials Waste||Less than 5%||Less than 5%||Up to 30%||Up to 50%|
|Fire Resistance||Yes (3+ hours)||Yes||Yes||No|
|Wind Resistance||High (up to 250 mph)||High||Medium||Low|
|Stucco Ready||Yes||No $||Yes||No|
|Masonry Ready||Yes||No $||Yes||No|
|Drywall Ready||Yes||No $||No||No|
|Exterior Mesh/Wire Required||No||Yes $||No||Yes $|
|Special Tools Required||No||Yes $||No||No|
|Special Bracing Required||No||Yes $||No||No|
|Special Scaffolding Required||No||Yes $||No||No|
|Labor Required||Low||High $||Low||Low|
|Grout Required for 100 sq.ft. wall||0.88 (cu yds.)||3.11 (cu yds.)||1.2 (cu yds.)||NA|
|Potential LEED Points||22||10 – 25||Low||Low|
Every APEX Block is made utilizing 100% recycled (post-industrial/pre-consumer) EPS #6. Each APEX Block contains 100% recycled EPS #6 by volume. An average home (3,300 sq. ft.) built with APEX Block keeps 2,477 lbs. of polystyrene out of our landfills!
APEX Block structures are proven to save up to 50% on heating and cooling bills. The EPS used to create APEX Block provides the magnitude of our energy-efficiency properties. Our 10-inch thick block walls provide a substantial envelope of insulation resulting in a superior thermal and sound efficient barrier to all outside elements. When compared to other foam plastic insulation materials, our insulation performance is proven to remain stable during its entire life, while other foam insulators can lose up to 30 percent of their original insulating ability. This loss of insulating value is referred to as Thermal Drift.
APEX Block and ICFs provide builders with a more efficient material to reduce construction waste. Both products can be cut and reused during all phases of the wall construction. This reduction in job site waste is welcomed by builders and their owners.
APEX Block walls are one of the safest, fire resistant walls on the market today. Our blocks and wall structures have been tested by third-party laboratories using the most stringent fire resistance criteria in the industry today (ASTM E84-05). Our 4 hour (3hrs 52 min to be exact!) fire resistance rating is one of the safest ratings you will witness in the market today. Inclusive in this fire resistance testing was our Smoke Development rating of only 50. The maximum allowable amount for Smoke Development is 450. Since smoke inhalation is the leading cause of death in fires, this extremely low rating is most comforting to us AND our clients.
APEX walls incorporate a screen-grid design that allows for steel rebar every 16 inches and is then filled with reinforced cement. This cement and rebar give APEX walls their strength and superior resistance to high winds caused by tornadoes and hurricanes.
Another inherent advantage of APEX Block versus stick frame structures is our greater resistance to termites and other insects. By mixing cement with our recycled EPS, the EPS granules become encapsulated by cement, making our blocks much less susceptible to infestation from termites, insects and all other vermin. This can be especially critical if you plan on constructing below-grade (basement) walls.
APEX Block and most ICFs are ideal for creating a quieter and more comfortable home. APEX Block has a -55.5 db sound transmission rating using the industry standard ASTM E90 testing criteria. This excellent sound attenuation rating provides our owners and occupants with a more peaceful and enjoyable environment.
A labor-saving advantage of incorporating recycled EPS and cement to make APEX Blocks is that our blocks inherently yield a coarse and pliant surface that allows finishes to be applied directly to the block without having to require mesh and/or chicken wire. Drywall, plaster, stucco, rock or brick veneer and other similar applications become a two-step process vs. a four-step process.
Perhaps the greatest cost-saving benefit from building with APEX Block versus an ICF system is the amount time that will be saved from building with APEX Block. A case that was conducted by the ICFA (Insulating Concrete Forms Association), compared the labor hours for constructing a 1,100 square foot home. The findings in this study showed that a home built using a waffle design ICF took 96 hours to construct while a home using a screen-grid design form that is nearly identical to the design of our APEX Block, required only 68 hours. This difference of almost 30 hours is quite substantial and would certainly be much greater if building an average 3,300 square foot home. Simply put, APEX Blocks provide builders with an easier and faster way to build.
Another cost-saving advantage of using APEX Block to build your next home or commercial project is that you will need significantly less concrete. When compared to a same-sized ICF (48 x 16 x 10) as shown in the above comparison chart, the ICF requires over 3 times more concrete. With the ever-increasing costs and shortages of concrete supplies, the savings from building with APEX Block vs. ICF systems can quickly and significantly add up.
Potential LEED Points
Incorporating APEX Block into your residential, commercial, and/or school projects can help you earn valuable LEED points. Per the LEED New Construction version 2.2 checklist, building and design professionals can potentially earn up to 22 points. We encourage you to check out our LEED Contribution Points webpage that identifies the specific contribution points that APEX Block can help contribute towards.