& Lighter Masonry
The SmartWall System is made with stronger, lighter concrete
masonry units, compared to regular lightweight units meeting ASTM
C 90 specifications.
instead of normal weight units?
Pays for Itself Through Energy Savings
SmartWall Systems has 52% less heat flow compared to a normal
weight concrete masonry wall. Life cycle energy cost savings range
from $2.25 to $3.50 per 8" concrete masonry unit in our Midwestern
climate (depending on location) when calculated over a typical thirty
year building life. Even over 10 years, the savings range from $0.90
to $1.45 per unit.
One - third lighter units makes installation by masons faster.
SmartWall jobs are completed sooner and with fewer injuries. This
provides further economic savings. Masonry contractors tell us they
love SmartWall - "Just get it in the specs!"
& Fire Resistance
expanded shale lightweight aggregate provides optimum durability
and fire resistance. SmartWall Units have better fire ratings than
sand and gravel units, making it easier to meet design requirements.
lower installed wall weight means lower costs for foundations and
supporting structural steel. In seismic areas, less grouting &
reinforcing may be required, further reducing wall weight and improving
overall thermal performance.
specify SmartWall instead
of regular lightweight units?
Still Provides Significant Savings
Regular lightweight units can weigh over 3 pounds more than
a SmartWall unit. SmartWall provides 14 percent lower installed
wall weight and 22 percent less heat flow. Utility savings over
30 years are still 60 to 95 cents per unit in our Midwestern climate.
The stronger, lighter SmartWall units allow the engineer to make
more efficient structural designs, knowing that the units are available
in the market and will be bid on the job.
can I get SmartWall?
Throughout the United States
SmartWall Systems is a program developed by members of the Expanded
Shale Clay and Slate Institute, including Buildex Inc. SmartWall
units are made by concrete masonry producers all over the United
States, including numerous plants using Buildex aggregate throughout
the Midwest and Rocky Mountain states.
do I specify SmartWall
System for my project?
Refer to the Buildex SmartWall Systems Guide Specification.
A guide specification, producer listing, and more detailed information
on the performance of Buildex SmartWall Systems is included in this
binder. Contact the Buildex office or any certified SmartWall Systems
producer if you have questions or need more information.