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Created by : Anoop Chandra Srivastava, Sr. Manager (QS & Billing), Arrow Infra Ltd ( A Hero Group Co.)  | 12 01 2009 10:16:53 +0000
Industry : ConstructionFunctional Area : Project Management(Technology)
Keywords : concrete block
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The cost of brick is going high day - by - day, due to heavy demand. For the development work  & load bearing structures, the brick masonry is costly item in these days. In this view solid concrete block masonry may be the  alternate of brick masonry.What is the pros & cons to use solid concrete blocks & how it can be economical.

 
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solid concrete block masonry Vs brick masonry
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we have worked out the analysis of both. as here in Lucknow we are facing the crisis of bricks, we have been decided to use the concrete blocks & start the in house production. This debate might be helpfull to us for any further change. 


By Anoop Chandra Srivastava, Sr. Manager (QS & Billing), Arrow Infra Ltd ( A Hero Group Co.)  12 01 2009 10:16:53 +0000
 
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Great debate Mr. Anoop.....

I agree with you, the cost of bricks are increasing nowadays but I think shifting to solid concrete blocks is not the right alternative. Solid masonry walls are certainly stronger, however brick walls are plenty strong and are certainly better insulated. If you are thinking about safety and life of the wall, then the brick wall is the better choice. Since the concrete masonry is in its infant stage the labor expenses will be more compare to brick masonry. So I think brick masonry is the best.


By Anjali Sinha, Construction-Heavy, Sobha Developers  12 01 2009 11:06:52 +0000
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i guess conc block masonary will serve more benifits ,,,as now days cost of clay brick is increasing day by day ,and cost of construction matters anyhow,,conc. brick saves mortar as well as less time consuming.Due to its proper dimensions will give better finish and indirectly saves plaster mortar....c guys,,,,
By Jayesh Udawat, Owner/Director, Jagdamba Prem Constructions Private Limited  | 08 31 2012 18:47:03 +0000
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THE QUALITY OF BRICKS IS DESPERATING DAY BY DAY IN RESPECT TO SHAPE AND COMPRESSIVE STRENGTH. THE THICKNESS OF MORTAR IN BRICK WALL GOES TO 1" WHERE AS IN CONCRETE BLOCKS IT IS AROUND 12mm. EVEN SAVINGS CAN BE SEEN IN PLASTERING IN CONCRETE WALL.
By Vikram Kothari, PROPREITOR/ENGINEER, SHREE JAIN CONSTRUCTION  | 07 12 2011 06:16:32 +0000
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Definately the hollow or solid block masonry is winner above convential brick walling.

Masonry block walls offer more strength,durability in terms of sound,fire ratings and not to forget the water absorption which is very less than clay bricks .As we all know that clay has a very high percentage of water absorption which in turns leads to cracks and leakages on the plaster walls .

Handling can be reduced by making the blocks lighter by adding fly ash which is available in abundance in India .There are other producs also available to make the block lighter.


By jasmeet singh, Technical Marketing Manager, Emcon llc  | 09 05 2010 07:56:17 +0000
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You can also Opt for Flyash bricks or think of SUSTAINABLE materials

 


By C Nijagunaradhya, Civil Engg, B'lore  | 12 02 2009 14:39:17 +0000
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While considering the cost as a factor, is it advisable for concrete blocks..? The scarcity of the sand makes the cement related work for the common people very tough. But it easy to make the concrete block and the major advantage is it can be made within the plot and the lead cost can be eliminated.


By Reni sebastian, Assistant Engineer, State government of Keralam  | 12 02 2009 13:51:28 +0000
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Ahaan ...Well ..i thnk both hv advantages . Choices are made b/w them according the resorces available near to site ..If brick i available by near by places than they arnt much costly. If we com[pare strenghts b/w them ... Brick can gve upto 1500 PSI but a 1:2:4 hollow block gves near to 1200 PSI
By De Caprio, Assitant Director, PAF  | 02 20 2011 15:26:01 +0000
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Ahaan ...Well ..i thnk both hv advantages . Choices are made b/w them according the resorces available near to site ..If brick i available by near by places than they arnt much costly. If we com[pare strenghts b/w them ... Brick can gve upto 1500 PSI but a 1:2:4 hollow block gves near to 1200 PSI....


By De Caprio, Assitant Director, PAF  | 02 20 2011 15:21:45 +0000
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