Green Landscaping

The H-Forms system requires a fraction of resources used on conventional Concrete Masonry Unit (CMU) landscape wall construction, and virtually eliminates waste.

H-Forms are manufactured with expanded polystyrene (EPS), a closed-cell, lightweight rigid-foam made from by-products of the refining of crude oil. EPS does not contain chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) or formaldehyde. Easily recycled, EPS is a commodity of high value for producers of recycled plastic. They are manufactured under strict EPA guidelines and tested periodically by UL.

H-Forms blocks have one-third to one-quarter of the embodied energy (the energy required to mine, harvest, grow, manufacture, ship and unload material to a building site) of concrete masonry units (CMUs).

H-Forms - Green landscaping

Additional environmental benefits include:

  • H-Forms are made of 100 percent recyclable material.
    • Forms are 15% recycled
  • Lower freight fuel consumption: H-Forms ship at a fraction of the weight of CMU
    • A truckload of H-Forms = 3,500 lbs. Same volume of CMU = 224,000 lbs.
  • Apart from the cement (+/- 15 percent by volume), concrete (+/- 85 percent) the H-Forms system is mostly a local resource (sand, lime, aggregate, etc.)
  • Manual handling
  • Near zero site waste (recyclable or reusable)
  • Manufacturing out-gassing gets recycled as fuel for furnace
  • Micro rebar is 90 percent recycled from auto scrap
  • Lower replacement costs after disaster (concrete structure is left standing)
  • Reduced manual handling and injury
  • Fire resistant
  • The ICFs are EPS (Expanded Polystyrene), NOT Extruded Polystyrene (XPS)
    • XPS contains CFCs, H-Forms does not
  • Little site waste (recyclable or reusable)
  • Less site-related injuries = Less Workers Comp. Insurance
  • Maintain our forests (save 50 trees on average for a 270 ‘ x 6’ high sound wall)
  • One third to one quarter of the “embodied energy” of CMU