A company in California called Integrity Block is claiming to have a green alternative to concrete building blocks. According to one source, cement has a reputation of having one of the worst carbon footprints of any building product. Take our quiz now and find out how you rate on Integrity Block knowledge.
What exactly does Integrity Block purport to be?
Integrity Block is purported to be the first 100 percent clay brick marketed in America.
Integrity Block is purported to be the first approved building block made from only straw and mud.
Integrity Block is purported to be first viable green alternative to concrete block.
How much carbon emission does the production of one ton of concrete create?
The production of 1 ton of concrete generates 1 ton of carbon emissions.
The production of 1 ton of concrete generates 1.5 tons of carbon emissions.
The production of 1 ton of concrete generates .5 of a ton of carbon emissions.
What is an amazing fact about the world consumption of concrete?
most consumed material on earth
second only to water
third next to water and wheat
What is a concrete masonry unit or CMU?
quantity of concrete used in a block
unit of concrete measure
a standard concrete block
Does Integrity Block contain any concrete?
contains 70 percent less concrete
contains 60 percent less concrete
contains 50 percent less concrete
What percent improvement does the manufacturer of Integrity Block claim over the energy consumption and carbon emissions of concrete block?
60 percent less energy and 45 percent less carbon emission
50 percent less energy and 57 percent less carbon emission
40 percent less energy and 39 percent less carbon emission
What is a nice feature of Integrity Block that you will not find in a traditional concrete block?
natural colors other than grey
smooth sandy surface texture
glazed face like ceramic tile
What is an advantage that earthen blocks have over traditional concrete blocks?
structurally stronger by weight
natural heating and cooling properties
natural resistance to mold or mildew
What is a major drawback when planning to build a home out of rammed earth or other earth based building methods?
finding a builder
find a lot to build on
financing with a bank
What is the biggest drawback to using Integrity Block to build your home today?
The American National Standards Institute has not approved Integrity Block for residential construction.
The American Society for Testing and Materials has not approved Integrity Block for residential construction.
Integrity Block is not available in any other state but California and the manufacturer will not ship it elsewhere.