Architectural Blocks

Recycled Concrete Block

What is recycled CMU block? A recycled concrete masonry unit is a type of architectural block featuring a high thermal mass and a modular design. A recycled CMU block can be produced with different finishes and faces, which creates a stunning architectural effect. We strive for uniformity and evenness in color in our block. Many construction professionals and end users often refer to these units as “green” building blocks due to their strong eco-friendly properties.

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  • Available in various sizes. *see .pdf for list of sizes
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Product Information

Nitterhouse Masonry Products, a leading provider of commercial architectural block products, offers a wide selection of recycled CMU blocks called eco-SMART that will add value to your construction projects. We craft all of our recycled concrete block products in Pennsylvania to meet the highest quality standards. And with our broad dealer network spanning the Mid-Atlantic region, there’s a good chance that you’ll find our green concrete blocks that are produced with recycled material at a location near you.

Recycled Block Benefits

Our eco-SMART blocks provide an acoustically quiet building option that is perfect for offices and other environments where soundproofing is desirable. The thermal mass of the walls offers excellent protection against the temperature fluctuations that are prevalent in our northeastern climate.

Our commercial architectural blocks also absorb moisture, which increases the comfort of the structure’s interior and reduces mold growth. What’s more, these blocks’ superior fire-resistant properties increase building and occupant safety.

As a builder or mason, you will appreciate the architectural recycled CMU blocks’ modular design that simplifies the construction process and minimizes waste. You’ll be able to complete your projects with greater speed and efficiency.

As a building owner or facility manager, you’ll also appreciate the long-term benefits of using recycled concrete blocks in your building projects. The material is easy to maintain and simple to clean. If installed correctly, these blocks are virtually maintenance-free. This characteristic will eliminate costs associated with upkeep, which will have a positive impact on your organization’s bottom line.

What Makes Eco-SMART Blocks Unique?

Our eco-SMART blocks are manufactured with 30% recycled material and even more recycled material can be added to the mixture upon request depending on a project’s demands, making them one of the most environmentally friendly building products on the market. They help to create a cleaner, healthier environment by reducing the amount of waste that ends up in landfills.

You also have the flexibility to increase the percentage of the naturally sustainable material or add to the color of any regular CMU block. Our integral color system provides a permanent finish that never needs painting, which minimizes the need for maintenance.

Our Recycled CMU Can Help with LEED Certification

Most building and construction professionals these days are familiar with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), which is the most extensively utilized rating system for green buildings in the U.S. and around the globe. Our green building blocks can help your project attain the highly valued LEED certification.

The recycled content of eco-SMART block can help you earn LEED points for your sustainable building projects. You can receive LEED credits for durability, mold resistance, finishes that do not require painting and impact-resistant finishes. Points are awarded when materials are sourced within a 500-mile radius of our Chambersburg, PA facility.

Additional Recycled Concrete Block Product Information

Nitterhouse’s “Eco-Smart” architectural CMU’s are manufactured with 30% recycled material, which makes them an environmentally friendly alternative that will still meet your stringent quality requirements. The percentage of recycled material used can be increased if desired or added to any color of our regular CMU block. Speaking of color, you can choose from five color options to ensure a desirable aesthetic outcome for your building project.

They are produced in our standard Ground face and Split face finishes. A ground face recycled concrete block provides a smooth, semi-polished finish that gives the structure a sleek, modern look and feel. In contrast, split face CMU creates more of a rough, irregular texture for a more natural presentation. As the term indicates, the material is “split” or broken to produce the desired appearance. Both finishes deliver equal quality and performance, and appearance is the only factor when deciding between the two.

All blocks meet or exceed ASTM C-90 Specifications. The C-90 specs set the industry standards for all loadbearing CMUs. You can feel confident that your recycled concrete block material will exceed your quality and performance expectations.

Where Can You Use Our Recycled Concrete Block Material?

Because of their strength and durability combined with their aesthetic appeal and choice of ground face and split face finishes, you can use our green building blocks for just about any facility construction project. They’ll add strength and beauty and help to create a stylish appearance for office buildings, business establishments and educational and government institutions. We encourage you to check out the photos of the Shippensburg Emergency Services Building to get a better understanding of the value that recycled concrete block can bring to your project.

If you’re planning to build your dream home or looking to put an addition onto your existing residence, our recycled concrete blocks can help you achieve the beautiful appearance of stone combined with the strength and durability of concrete. Your house will surely become the showcase of your entire neighborhood!

Why Choose Nitterhouse Masonry?

Nitterhouse Masonry Products is a fifth-generation, family-owned and operated company with a solid reputation for offering quality masonry products backed by attentive customer service. Our team of experienced professionals can provide expert guidance in helping you select the best materials for your construction projects.

You’ll also benefit from our nearly 100 years of masonry product expertise. Ever since William L. Nitterhouse produced his first piece of concrete back in 1923, Nitterhouse Masonry Products has strived to set the standard for excellence in PA and throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.

Contact us to learn more about the many architectural recycled CMU block benefits today.

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