Concrete masonry units (CMU), ICPs, segmental retaining wall (SRW), units and Proto-II™ Post Tensioned Masonry are low in embodied energy (EE). Cement, in itself relatively high in EE, is only a fraction of the composition of these materials and systems.
Angelus concrete products are considerably lower in EE relative to other materials used for similar construction. For example, steel for studs is very high in EE, and the many layers of additional elements needed for the complete wall — many of which are also very high in EE — compound the energy consumption. Wood's EE is less than steel, but still requires multiple layers of EE-intensive components to create the overall structure.
Angelus Block has the largest number of production facilities in Southern California, spread throughout the region. Therefore, plant proximity to any given project is likely to be substantially less than other sources. This can translate into significant reductions in consumption of transportation energy.
|Round trip (Angelus)
~ 30 miles
|70 miles round trip savings|
|Round trip (Other)|
~ 100 miles
50,000 units = 40 loads|
70 miles / ~ 5.5 mpg truck = 13 gal fuel
40 loads x 13 gal = 520 gal fuel savings
|That's equivalent to A YEAR'S SUPPLY of gas for a typical subcompact auto!|