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Material Monday - ByBlock

A Deep Dive into MEL/ARCH’s Favorite Materials


At MEL/ARCH we are constantly looking for materials, new or old, that align with the sustainable and green design principles that are at the core of our firm. In this series, we’re excited to share some materials we can’t help but frequently revisit, both for their functional and aesthetic qualities. These materials help achieve our design visions and ideas with a more sustainable and eco-conscious approach.


This week’s focus is on the product, ByBlock.



ByBlock is a sustainable, construction-grade block composed of recycled plastic waste. Each ByBlock is responsive for preventing 22 lbs of plastic waste from being landfilled or incinerated. The standard block dimension is 16”x8”x8” and weighs approximately 22 lbs, but can be customized to be any specific density. Production of ByBlock requires 41% fewer greenhouse gas emissions than concrete, and requires no glue or adhesives. The strength of the ByBlock comes from compression and the assembly using post-tensioning.


Being that ByBlock is made of plastic waste, it is inherently water and insect resistant. Additionally, ByBlocks are intended to be reinforced to add strength, and can be used in conjunction with structural building materials, such as wood, steel, and concrete. ByBlocks are also very versatile in terms of workability as they can be screwed, nailed, staples, sawed, and drilled with appropriate tools and hardware. It can be finished using a range of finishing materials, including stucco, drywall, paneling, and paint, dependent on the needs of the project.


ByBlocks are versatile in interior vs exterior applications, and can be used for a sustainable take on retaining walls, sound walls, sheds, privacy fences, terracing and landscaping, accent walls, and furniture.



To find more information about ByBlock and the sustainable options, visit the ByBlock website If this sustainable approach is one you’re interested in for your future MEL/ARCH project, contact us and we can begin the conversation

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