Concrete masonry is a superior structural system that enables the highest priorities in protecting human life - seismic and fire resistance – while remaining chemically inert. In fact, the majority of fire-related injuries and deaths are from airborne toxins, not from heat.
Concrete masonry does not release toxins when exposed to heat, and are more likely to be structurally sound during and after a catastrophic event than other systems. A typical 8-inch wide concrete masonry wall, fully grouted, as most are in Southern California, is inherently fire rated at four hours.
Interlocking concrete pavements (ICPs) naturally demarcate pedestrian areas and slow zones, and have good slip and skid resistance.