Omni Block, a leader in insulating wall systems, has developed an insulated 8″ wide x 4″ tall x 16″ long (nominal dimensions) block. The new design was manufactured by Adams Products (an Oldcastle Company) in North Carolina on a new mold produced by Besser Company.
Omni Brick can be manufactured in many colors that very closely resemble clay brick. Omni Brick is designed with off-set and constricted cross webs with a middle lineal wall that further delays any heat transfer. It is insulated with the same type of EPS inserts as Omni Block, which protrude beyond the block both vertically and horizontally thereby insulating the whole wall not just individual blocks. It is this combination of thermal mass and insulation that provides for an energy efficient wall assembly. Now a building can have an exterior and interior “brick look” in one insulated wall. If the interior finish is to look like drywall, all that needs to be done is a coat of standard drywall compound troweled onto the block, textured the same as all other interior drywall, primed and painted.
The photo below shows two colors; Richfield and Sandlewood fresh off the assembly line (note that mortar is used in an actual installation). Omni Brick is a structural block and is reinforced with rebar and grout. Omni Brick is aesthetically pleasing and finished installed costs are significantly less than other building systems that require a frame wall veneered with brick, insulated and drywalled on the interior.