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Title:
SYSTEM FOR WALL CONSTRUCTION
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2020/243840
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A kit and system for constructing structures including at least one core block, at least one fascia block that connects to the core block by mounting a shelf that extends from a face of the core block with a cut-out section of a face of the fascia block, such that the face of the core block and the face of the fascia block form a gap therein between.

Inventors:
CICCARELLO CHARLES (CA)
Application Number:
PCT/CA2020/050776
Publication Date:
December 10, 2020
Filing Date:
June 05, 2020
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
TECHO BLOC INC (CA)
International Classes:
E04C1/00; E02D29/02; E04B2/02; E04B2/08
Foreign References:
US10060124B22018-08-28
US8234828B22012-08-07
US5528873A1996-06-25
US5816749A1998-10-06
EP3467206A12019-04-10
US9453341B12016-09-27
CN204456589U2015-07-08
US1410729A1922-03-28
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
KRUPNIK, Eduardo (CA)
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Claims:
Claims

What is claimed is:

1. A kit for constructing a structure comprising:

(a) one or more core blocks, each core block having a front side face, a back side face, a left side face, a right side face, a top side face and a bottom side face, each core block having a shelf extending from a bottom portion of one or more of the front side face, the back side face, the left side face and the right side face, and

(b) one or more fascia blocks, each fascia block having a front side face, a back side face, a right side face, a left side face, a top side face and a bottom side face, the back side face of each fascia block having a cut-out section, wherein the cut-out section of the fascia block is designed, sized or configured to mount to the shelf of the core block.

2. The kit of claim 1, wherein the shelf includes (i) a bottom face which is aligned with the bottom side face of the core block, (ii) a top face, which orthogonally extends for a first distance D1 from the front side face and/or the back side face of the core block, and (iii) a flat front face positioned parallel to the front side face of the core block and/or back face of the core block.

3. The kit according to any one of claims 1 to 2, wherein the cut-out section of the fascia block includes: (i) a horizontal top wall that orthogonally extends for a second distance D2 from the back side face of the fascia block in a direction towards the front side face of the fascia block, but is terminated before reaching the front side face of the fascia block, and (ii) a vertical back wall orthogonally extending downwards from an end of the horizontal wall of the cut-out that is closest to the front face of the fascia block.

4. The kit of claim 3, wherein the first distance D1 is longer than the second distance D2.

5. The kit according to any one claims 1 to 4, wherein the top side face and bottom side face of each core block include at least one groove respectively for interlocking core blocks together in stacked rows.

6. The kit according to any one of claims 1 to 5, wherein the shelf extends from the front side face and the back side face.

7. The kit according to any one of claims 1 to 5, wherein the shelf extends from the front side face.

8. The kit according to any one of claims 1 to 7, wherein at least one of the one or more core blocks includes a split line extending from the left side face to the right side face across the top side face of the core block and the bottom side face, and extending across the left and right side faces from the top side face to the bottom side face.

9. The kit according to any one of claims 1 to 8, wherein the top side face of each core block includes three parallel grooves: a front top groove, a back top groove and a middle top groove disposed between the front top groove and the back top groove, and wherein the bottom side face of each core block includes three parallel bottom grooves: a front bottom groove, a back bottom groove, and a middle bottom groove disposed between the front bottom groove and the back bottom groove, said grooves on the top side face and bottom side face having substantially identical cross-sections.

10. The kit of claim 9, wherein the front top groove is disposed opposite to the front bottom groove in an offset and overlapping relationship, the back top groove is disposed opposite to the back bottom groove in an offset and overlapping relationship, and the middle top groove and the middle bottom groove are disposed in an opposed aligned relationship.

11. The kit of claim 9, wherein the front top groove and back top grove are offset rearwardly a greater distance from the front side face of the core block than the front bottom groove and the back bottom grooves, and wherein the middle top groove and the middle bottom groove are disposed in an opposed aligned relationship.

12. The kit according to any one of claims 1 to 11, wherein the back side face of at least one of the one or more core blocks includes a cut-out or recess section that extends between the left side face to the right side face of the at least one core block.

13. The kit according to any one of claims 1 to 12, wherein the bottom face of the shelf includes a protrusion extending from a left side face of the shelf to a right side face of the shelf.

14. The kit according to any one of claims 1 to 13, wherein the cut-out section of at least one of the one or more fascia blocks has a left side wall which is aligned with the left side face of the fascia block, such that a left end of the cut-out section is closed and a right side end of the cut-out section is open.

15. The kit according to any one of claims 1 to 13, wherein the cut-out section of at least one of the one or more fascia blocks has a right side wall which is aligned with the right side face of the fascia block, such that a right end of the cut out section is closed and a left end of the cut-out section is open.

16. The kit according to any one of claims 1 to 13, wherein the cut-out section of at least one of the one or more fascia blocks has a left side wall which is aligned with the left side face of the fascia block, such that a left end of the cut out section is closed and a right side wall which is aligned with the right side face of the fascia block, such that a right end of the cut out section is closed.

17. The kit according to any one of claims 13 to 16, wherein the top side face of each fascia block includes a groove extending from the left side face of the fascia block to the right side face of the fascia block configured to receive the protrusion of the shelf of the core block.

18. The kit according to any one of claims 13 to 16, wherein the top side face of each fascia block includes two or more grooves, each of the two or more grooves being configured to receive the protrusion of the shelf of the core block.

19. The kit according to any one of claims 1 to 18, wherein the kit further comprises one or more base blocks, each base block having a front side face, a back side face, a left side face and a right side face, a top side face and a bottom side face, the top side face having a groove that extends from the right side face to the left side face, the groove configured to integrate, assemble or couple with the bottom side face of the core block.

20. The kit according to any one of claims 1 to 19, wherein kit further comprises a connector element, and wherein the at least one groove of the top side face and at least one groove of the bottom side face of each core block is configured to receive at least a portion of the connector element therein, said core blocks, when stacked on top of one another to form the structure, having at least one groove of the top side face aligned with one groove of the bottom side face with one or more of said connector elements disposed in and between said aligned grooves to retain said blocks aligned longitudinally and to prevent transverse displacement of said blocks.

21. The kit according to any one of claims 1 to 20, wherein a gap between the side face of the core block having the shelf and the back side face of the fascia block is formed when the cut-out section of the fascia block is mounted to the shelf of the core block.

22. A structure system comprising:

(a) a plurality of core blocks, each core block having a front side face, a back side face, a left side face, a right side face, a top side face and a bottom side face, each core block having a shelf extending from a bottom portion of one or more of the front side face, the back side face, the left side face or the right side face, and

(b) a plurality of fascia blocks, each fascia block having a front side face, a back side face, a right side face, a left side face, a top side face and a bottom side face, the back side face of each fascia block having a cut-out section, wherein the cut-out section of the fascia block is mounted to the shelf of the core block.

23. The structure system of claim 22, wherein the shelf of each core block includes (i) a bottom face which is aligned with the bottom side face of the core block, (ii) a top face, which orthogonally extends for a first distance D1 from the front side face and/or the back side face of the core block, and (iii) a flat front face positioned parallel to the front side face of the core block and/or back face of the core block.

24. The structure system according to any one of claims 22 to 23, wherein the cut-out section of each fascia block includes: (i) a horizontal top wall that orthogonally extends for a second distance D2 from the back side face of the fascia block in a direction towards the front side face of the fascia block, but is terminated before reaching the front side face of the fascia block, and (ii) a vertical back wall orthogonally extending downwards from an end of the horizontal wall of the cut-out that is closest to the front face of the fascia block.

25. The structure system of claim 3, wherein the first distance D1 is longer than the second distance D2.

26. The structure system according to any one claims 22 to 25, wherein the top side face and bottom side face of each core block include at least one groove respectively for interlocking core blocks together in stacked rows.

27. The structure system according to any one of claims 22 to 26, wherein the shelf extends from the front side face and the back side face of the core block.

28. The structure system according to any one of claims 22 to 26, wherein the shelf extends from the front side face of the core block.

29. The structure system according to any one of claims 22 to 28, wherein at least one of the one or more fascia blocks is mounted to span across a horizontal joint between adjacent core blocks and to span across a vertical joint between adjacent core blocks.

30. The structure system according to any one of claims 22 to 29, wherein the bottom face of the shelf includes a protrusion extending from a left side face of the shelf to a right side face of the shelf.

31. The structure system according to claim 30, wherein the top side face of each fascia block includes a front row groove and a back row groove, the front and back row grooves being parallel to one another and extending from the left side face to the right side face of the top side face of ach fascia block, the front row groove being disposed closer to the front side face of the fascia block relative to the back row groove, each of the front row and back row grooves being configured for coupling with the protrusion of the shelf of the core block.

32. The structure system structure system according to any one of claims 22 to 31, wherein the top side face of each core block includes three parallel grooves: a front top groove, a back top groove and a middle top groove disposed between the front top groove and the back top groove, and wherein the bottom side face of each core block includes three parallel bottom grooves: a front bottom groove, a back bottom groove, and a middle bottom groove disposed between the front bottom groove and the back bottom groove, said grooves on the top side face and bottom side face having substantially identical cross-sections.

33. The structure system of claim 32, wherein the front top groove is disposed opposite to the front bottom groove in an offset and overlapping relationship, the back top groove is disposed opposite to the back bottom groove in an offset and overlapping relationship, and the middle top groove and the middle bottom groove are disposed in an opposed aligned relationship.

34. The structure system of claim 33, wherein the core blocks are disposed in the assembly such that their middle top grooves in the top face are aligned vertically with the middle bottom grooves to align the front faces of each core block in the assembly in a vertical plane.

35. The structure system of claim 33, wherein the core blocks are disposed in the assembly such that their front top grooves in the top face are aligned vertically with the front bottom grooves to align the front faces of each core block in a battered assembly.

36. The structure system of claim 33, wherein the core blocks are disposed in the assembly such that their back top grooves in the top face are aligned vertically with the back bottom grooves to align the front faces of each core block in a battered assembly.

37. The structure system of claim 31, wherein the core blocks are disposed in the assembly such that the protrusion of the bottom face of the shelf is coupled to the back row groove of the fascia block to align the front faces of the fascia blocks in a vertical plane.

38. The structure system of claim 31, wherein the core blocks are disposed in the assembly such that the protrusion of the bottom face of the shelf is coupled to the front row groove of the fascia block to align the front faces of the fascia blocks in a battered assembly.

39. A core block for a structure system, the core block having a front side face, a back side face, a left side face, a right side face, a top side face and a bottom side face, the core block having a shelf extending from a bottom portion of one or more of the front side face, the back side face, the left side face or the right side face.

40. The core block of claim 39, wherein the core block further includes a split line extending from the left side face to the right side face across the top side face of the core block and the bottom side face, and extending across the left and right side faces from the top side face to the bottom side face.

41. The core block of claim 39 or claim 40, wherein the top side face of the core block includes three parallel grooves: a front top groove, a back top groove and a middle top groove disposed between the front top groove and the back top groove, and wherein the bottom side face of each core block includes three parallel bottom grooves: a front bottom groove, a back bottom groove, and a middle bottom groove disposed between the front bottom groove and the back bottom groove, said grooves on the top side face and bottom side face having substantially identical cross- sections.

42. The core block of claim 41, wherein the front top groove is disposed opposite to the front bottom groove in an offset and overlapping relationship, the back top groove is disposed opposite to the back bottom groove in an offset and overlapping relationship, and the middle top groove and the middle bottom groove are disposed in an opposed aligned relationship.

43. The core block of claim 41, wherein the front top groove and back top grove are offset rearwardly a greater distance from the front side face of the core block than the front bottom groove and the back bottom grooves, and wherein the middle top groove and the middle bottom groove are disposed in an opposed aligned relationship.

44. The core block according to any one of claims 39 to 43, wherein the back side face of the core block includes a cut-out or recess section that extends between the left side face to the right side face of the at least one core block.

45. The core block according to any one of claims 39 to 44, wherein the bottom face of the shelf includes a protrusion extending from a left side face of the shelf to a right side face of the shelf.

46. The core block according to any one of claims 39 to 45, wherein the top side face and bottom side face of the core block include at least one groove respectively for interlocking core blocks together in stacked rows.

47. The core block according to any one of claims 39 to 46, wherein the shelf includes (i) a bottom face which is aligned with the bottom side face of the core block, (ii) a top face, which orthogonally extends for a distance from the front side face and/or the back side face of the core block, and (iii) a flat front face positioned parallel to the front side face of the core block and/or back face of the core block.

48. A fascia block for a structure system, the fascia block having a front side face, a back side face, a right side face, a left side face, a top side face and a bottom side face, the back side face of the fascia block having a cut-out section, the cut-out section including: (i) a horizontal top wall that orthogonally extends for a distance from the back side face of the fascia block in a direction towards the front side face of the fascia block, but is terminated before reaching the front side face of the fascia block, and (ii) a vertical back wall orthogonally extending downwards from an end of the horizontal wall of the cut-out that is closest to the front face of the fascia block.

49. The fascia block of claim 48, wherein the cut-out section of the fascia block has a left side wall which is aligned with the left side face of the fascia block, such that a left end of the cut-out section is closed and a right side end of the cut-out section is open. 50. The fascia block according to any one of claims 48 to 49, wherein the cut-out section of the fascia block has a right side wall which is aligned with the right side face of the fascia block, such that a right end of the cut out section is closed and a left end of the cut-out section is open.

51. The fascia block according to any one of claims 48 to 50, wherein the cut-out section of the fascia block has a left side wall which is aligned with the left side face of the fascia block, such that a left end of the cut out section is closed and a right side wall which is aligned with the right side face of the fascia block, such that a right end of the cut out section is closed.

52. The fascia block according to any one of claims 48 to 51, wherein the top side face of the fascia block includes a groove extending from the left side face of the fascia block to the right side face of the fascia block. 53. The fascia block according to any one of claims 48 to 52, wherein the top side face of the fascia block includes two or more grooves.

Description:
SYSTEM FOR WALL CONSTRUCTION

1. Field of the invention

The present disclosure relates to a kit and construction system for the construction of structures.

2. Background of invention

When manufacturing construction blocks with concrete, dimension variances in the blocks are typical. These variances may impact the accuracy of the construction blocks when assembling a wall. Different solution have been developed to overcome this problem.

U.S. Pat. No. 10,060,124 and U.S. Pat. No. 9,453,341 describe a system of core and fascia blocks in which the core blocks and fascia blocks are slipped molded to small variations in the horizontal ledge so that when the wall is installed a continuous aligned horizontal ledge is constructed. However, any variation in the horizontal ledge of the core blocks would make it impossible for the core block and the fascia block to couple. Furthermore, differences in the thickness (i.e. the distance between the back face and the front face of a block) of the fascia blocks would result in a wall having a front face that is not flush.

3. Summary of the Invention

The present disclosure relates to a kit and a construction system for the construction of structures, including retaining walls, pillars, columns, privacy walls, mortar-free masonry walls, sound barriers.

In one embodiment, the present disclosure provides for a kit for constructing a structure comprising: (a) one or more core blocks, each core block having a front side face, a back side face, a left side face, a right side face, a top side face and a bottom side face, each core block having a shelf extending from a bottom portion of one or more of the front side face, the back side face, the left side face and/or the right side face, and (b) one or more fascia blocks, each fascia block having a front side face, a back side face, a right side face, a left side face, a top side face and a bottom side face, the back side face of each fascia block having a cut-out section, the cut-out section of the fascia block being designed, sized or configured to mount on the shelf of the core block. In one aspect, the shelf is a horizontal shelf.

In one embodiment of the kit, the shelf includes (i) a bottom face which is aligned with the bottom side face of the core block, (ii) a top face, which orthogonally extends for a first distance D1 from the front side face and/or the back side face of the core block, and (iii) a flat front face positioned parallel to the front side face of the core block and/or back face of the core block.

In another embodiment of the kit, the cut-out section of the fascia block includes: (i) a horizontal top wall that orthogonally extends for a second distance D2 from the back side face of the fascia block in a direction towards the front side face of the fascia block, but is terminated before reaching the front side face of the fascia block, and (ii) a vertical back wall orthogonally extending downwards from an end of the horizontal wall of the cut-out that is closest to the front face of the fascia block.

In another embodiment of the kit, the first distance D1 is longer than the second distance D2.

In another embodiment of the kit, the top side face and bottom side face of each core block include at least one groove respectively for interlocking core blocks together in stacked rows.

In another embodiment of the kit, the shelf extends from the front side face and the back side face.

In another embodiment of the kit the shelf extends from the front side face.

In another embodiment of the kit, at least one of the one or more core blocks includes a split line extending from the left side face to the right side face across the top side face of the core block and the bottom side face, and extending across the left and right side faces from the top side face to the bottom side face.

In another embodiment of the kit, the top side face of each core block includes three parallel grooves: a front top groove, a back top groove and a middle top groove disposed between the front top groove and the back top groove, and wherein the bottom side face of each core block includes three parallel bottom grooves: a front bottom groove, a back bottom groove, and a middle bottom groove disposed between the front bottom groove and the back bottom groove, said grooves on the top side face and bottom side face having substantially identical cross-sections. In another embodiment of the kit, the front top groove is disposed opposite to the front bottom groove in an offset and overlapping relationship, the back top groove is disposed opposite to the back bottom groove in an offset and overlapping relationship, and the middle top groove and the middle bottom groove are disposed in an opposed aligned relationship.

In another embodiment of the kit, the front top groove and back top grove are offset rearwardly a greater distance from the front side face of the core block than the front bottom groove and the back bottom grooves, and wherein the middle top groove and the middle bottom groove are disposed in an opposed aligned relationship.

In another embodiment of the kit, the back side face of at least one of the one or more core blocks includes a cut-out or recess section that extends between the left side face to the right side face of the at least one core block.

In another embodiment of the kit, the bottom face of the shelf includes a protrusion extending from a left side face of the shelf to a right side face of the shelf.

In another embodiment of the kit, the cut-out section of at least one of the one or more fascia blocks has a left side wall which is aligned with the left side face of the fascia block, such that a left end of the cut-out section is closed and a right side end of the cut-out section is open.

In another embodiment of the kit, the cut-out section of at least one of the one or more fascia blocks has a right side wall which is aligned with the right side face of the fascia block, such that a right end of the cut out section is closed and a left end of the cut-out section is open.

In another embodiment of the kit, the cut-out section of at least one of the one or more fascia blocks has a left side wall which is aligned with the left side face of the fascia block, such that a left end of the cut out section is closed and a right side wall which is aligned with the right side face of the fascia block, such that a right end of the cut out section is closed.

In another embodiment of the kit, the top side face of each fascia block includes a groove extending from the left side face of the fascia block to the right side face of the fascia block configured to receive the protrusion of the shelf of the core block.

In another embodiment of the kit, the top side face of each fascia block includes two or more grooves configured for receiving the protrusion of the shelf of the core block.

In another embodiment of the kit, the kit further comprises one or more base blocks, each base block having a front side face, a back side face, a left side face and a right side face, a top side face and a bottom side face, the top side face having a groove that extends from the right side face to the left side face, the groove configured to integrate, assemble or couple with the bottom side face of the core block.

In another embodiment of the kit, the kit further comprises a connector element, and wherein the at least one groove of the top side face and at least one groove of the bottom side face of each core block is configured to receive at least a portion of the connector element therein, said core blocks, when stacked on top of one another to form the structure, having at least one groove of the top side face aligned with one groove of the bottom side face with one or more of said connector elements disposed in and between said aligned grooves to retain said blocks aligned longitudinally and to prevent transverse displacement of said blocks.

In another embodiment of the kit, a gap between the side face of the core block having the shelf and the back side face of the fascia block is formed when the cut-out section of the fascia block is mounted to the shelf of the core block.

In another embodiment, the present disclosure provides for a structure system comprising: (a) a plurality of core blocks, each core block having a front side face, a back side face, a left side face, a right side face, a top side face and a bottom side face, each core block having a shelf extending from a bottom portion of one or more of the front side face, the back side face, the left side face or the right side face, and (b) a plurality of fascia blocks, each fascia block having a front side face, a back side face, a right side face, a left side face, a top side face and a bottom side face, the back side face of each fascia block having a cut-out section, the cut-out section of the fascia block being mounted to the shelf of the core block. In one aspect, the shelf is a horizontal shelf.

In one embodiment of the structure system, the shelf of each core block includes (i) a bottom face which is aligned with the bottom side face of the core block, (ii) a top face, which orthogonally extends for a first distance D1 from the front side face and/or the back side face of the core block, and (iii) a flat front face positioned parallel to the front side face of the core block and/or back face of the core block.

In another embodiment of the structure system, the cut-out section of each fascia block includes: (i) a horizontal top wall that orthogonally extends for a second distance D2 from the back side face of the fascia block in a direction towards the front side face of the fascia block, but is terminated before reaching the front side face of the fascia block, and (ii) a vertical back wall orthogonally extending downwards from an end of the horizontal wall of the cut-out that is closest to the front face of the fascia block.

In another embodiment of the structure system, the first distance D1 is longer than the second distance D2.

In another embodiment of the structure system, the top side face and bottom side face of each core block include at least one groove respectively for interlocking core blocks together in stacked rows.

In another embodiment of the structure system, the shelf extends from the front side face and the back side face of the core block.

In another embodiment of the structure system, the shelf extends from the front side face of the core block.

In another embodiment of the structure system, the shelf extends from the left side face of the core block.

In another embodiment of the structure system, the shelf extends from the right side face of the core block.

In another embodiment of the structure system, at least one of the one or more fascia blocks is mounted to the shelves of the core block to span across a horizontal joint between adjacent core blocks and to span across a vertical joint between adjacent core blocks.

In another embodiment of the structure system, the bottom face of the shelf includes a protrusion extending from a left side face of the shelf to a right side face of the shelf.

In another embodiment of the structure system, the top side face of each fascia block includes a front row groove and a back row groove, the front and back row grooves being parallel to one another and extending from the left side face to the right side face of the top side face of ach fascia block, the front row groove being disposed closer to the front side face of the fascia block relative to the back row groove, each of the front row and back row grooves being configured for coupling with the protrusion of the shelf of the core block.

In another embodiment of the structure system, the top side face of each core block includes three parallel grooves: a front top groove, a back top groove and a middle top groove disposed between the front top groove and the back top groove, and wherein the bottom side face of each core block includes three parallel bottom grooves: a front bottom groove, a back bottom groove, and a middle bottom groove disposed between the front bottom groove and the back bottom groove, said grooves on the top side face and bottom side face having substantially identical cross-sections.

In another embodiment of the structure system, the front top groove is disposed opposite to the front bottom groove in an offset and overlapping relationship, the back top groove is disposed opposite to the back bottom groove in an offset and overlapping relationship, and the middle top groove and the middle bottom groove are disposed in an opposed aligned relationship.

In another embodiment of the structure system, the core blocks are disposed in the assembly such that their middle top grooves in the top face are aligned vertically with the middle bottom grooves to align the front faces of each core block in the assembly in a vertical plane.

In another embodiment of the structure system, the core blocks are disposed in the assembly such that their front top grooves in the top face are aligned vertically with the front bottom grooves to align the front faces of each core block in a battered assembly.

In another embodiment of the structure system, the core blocks are disposed in the assembly such that their back top grooves in the top face are aligned vertically with the back bottom grooves to align the front faces of each core block in a battered assembly.

In another embodiment of the structure system, the core blocks are disposed in the assembly such that the protrusion of the bottom face of the shelf is coupled to the back row groove of the fascia block to align the front faces of the fascia blocks in a vertical plane. In another embodiment of the structure system, the core blocks are disposed in the assembly such that the protrusion of the bottom face of the shelf is coupled to the front row groove of the fascia block to align the front faces of the fascia blocks in a battered assembly.

In another embodiment, the present disclosure is a core block for a structure system, the core block having a front side face, a back side face, a left side face, a right side face, a top side face and a bottom side face, the core block having a horizontal shelf extending from a bottom portion of one or more of the front side face, the back side face, the left side face or the right side face.

In one embodiment of the core block, the core block further includes a split line extending from the left side face to the right side face across the top side face of the core block and the bottom side face, and extending across the left and right side faces from the top side face to the bottom side face.

In another embodiment of the core block, the top side face of the core block includes three parallel grooves: a front top groove, a back top groove and a middle top groove disposed between the front top groove and the back top groove, and wherein the bottom side face of each core block includes three parallel bottom grooves: a front bottom groove, a back bottom groove, and a middle bottom groove disposed between the front bottom groove and the back bottom groove, said grooves on the top side face and bottom side face having substantially identical cross-sections.

In another embodiment of the core block, the front top groove is disposed opposite to the front bottom groove in an offset and overlapping relationship, the back top groove is disposed opposite to the back bottom groove in an offset and overlapping relationship, and the middle top groove and the middle bottom groove are disposed in an opposed aligned relationship.

In another embodiment of the core block, the front top groove and back top grove are offset rearwardly a greater distance from the front side face of the core block than the front bottom groove and the back bottom grooves, and wherein the middle top groove and the middle bottom groove are disposed in an opposed aligned relationship.

In another embodiment of the core block, the back side face of the core block includes a cut-out or recess section that extends between the left side face to the right side face of the at least one core block. In another embodiment of the core block, the bottom face of the shelf includes a protrusion extending from a left side face of the shelf to a right side face of the shelf.

In another embodiment of the core block, the top side face and bottom side face of the core block include at least one groove respectively for interlocking core blocks together in stacked rows.

In another embodiment of the core block, the shelf includes (i) a bottom face which is aligned with the bottom side face of the core block, (ii) a top face, which orthogonally extends for a distance from the front side face and/or the back side face of the core block, and (iii) a flat front face positioned parallel to the front side face of the core block and/or back face of the core block.

In another embodiment, the present disclosure provides for a fascia block for a structure system, the fascia block having a front side face, a back side face, a right side face, a left side face, a top side face and a bottom side face, the back side face of the fascia block having a cut-out section, the cut-out section including: (i) a horizontal top wall that orthogonally extends for a distance from the back side face of the fascia block in a direction towards the front side face of the fascia block, but is terminated before reaching the front side face of the fascia block, and (ii) a vertical back wall orthogonally extending downwards from an end of the horizontal wall of the cut-out that is closest to the front face of the fascia block.

In one embodiment of the fascia block, the cut-out section of the fascia block has a left side wall which is aligned with the left side face of the fascia block, such that a left end of the cut-out section is closed and a right side end of the cut-out section is open.

In another embodiment of the fascia block, the cut-out section of the fascia block has a right side wall which is aligned with the right side face of the fascia block, such that a right end of the cut out section is closed and a left end of the cut-out section is open.

In another embodiment of the fascia block, the cut-out section of the fascia block has a left side wall which is aligned with the left side face of the fascia block, such that a left end of the cut out section is closed and a right side wall which is aligned with the right side face of the fascia block, such that a right end of the cut out section is closed.

In another embodiment of the fascia block, the top side face of the fascia block includes a groove extending from the left side face of the fascia block to the right side face of the fascia block.

In another embodiment of the fascia block, the top side face of the fascia block includes two or more grooves.

4. Brief Description of the Drawings FIG. 1 A illustrates a side view of a single core block according to one embodiment.

FIG. IB illustrates a perspective view of a single core block according to one embodiment.

FIG. 1C illustrates a side view of a double core block according to one embodiment.

FIG. ID illustrates a perspective view of a double core block according to one embodiment.

FIG. IE illustrates a side view of a half or end core block according to one embodiment. FIG. IF illustrates a perspective view of a half or end core block according to one embodiment.

FIGs. 2A to 2C illustrate a perspective view from the front (2A), a side view (2B) and a perspective view from the back (2C) of a fascia core block according to one embodiment.

FIG. 2D illustrates a perspective view from the back of a fascia block right end according to one embodiment. FIG. 2E illustrates a perspective view from the back of a fascia block left end according to one embodiment.

FIG. 2F illustrates a fascia block having closed right and left ends according to one embodiment.

FIG. 2G illustrates a perspective view from the back of a fascia end block.

FIGs. 3 A to 3B illustrate a perspective view (3 A) and a top view (3B) of a base block according to one embodiment.

FIG. 4A illustrates a structure having an offset or slopping (battered) front according to one embodiment. FIG. 4B illustrates a structure having a straight front according to one embodiment.

FIG. 5 illustrates a structure having a straight front using single core blocks and fascia blocks according to one embodiment.

FIG. 6 illustrates a structure having an offset front using single core blocks and fascia blocks according to one embodiment.

FIG. 7A illustrates a structure having a single straight front face using double core blocks according to one embodiment.

FIG. 7B illustrates a structure having a straight front face and a straight back face using double core blocks according to one embodiment. FIG. 8 illustrates a structure having a setback or offset front face using double core blocks according to one embodiment.

FIGs. 9A to 9G illustrate the construction of a pillar using single core blocks and half core blocks according to one embodiment.

FIGs. 10A to 10E illustrate the construction of a corner assembly using single core blocks and half core blocks, right end and left end fascia blocks according to one embodiment.

FIG. 11 illustrates a structure of double core blocks with end core block, left and right end fascia blocks and fascia end block according to one embodiment.

FIG. 12 illustrates a structure of single core blocks supported by a base according to one embodiment. In the drawings, embodiments of the present disclosure are illustrated by way of example. It is to be expressly understood that the description and drawings are only for the purpose of illustration and as an aid to understanding, and are not intended as a definition of the limits of the invention.

5. Detailed Description of the Invention

Definitions Unless defined otherwise, all technical and scientific terms used herein have the same meaning as commonly understood by one of ordinary skill in the art to which this invention belongs. Also, unless indicated otherwise, except within the claims, the use of“or” includes“and” and vice versa. Non-limiting terms are not to be construed as limiting unless expressly stated or the context clearly indicates otherwise (for example“including”, “having” and“comprising” typically indicate “including without limitation”). Singular forms included in the claims such as“a”,“an” and“the” include the plural reference unless expressly stated otherwise. All relevant references, including patents, patent applications; government publications, government regulations, and academic literature, and including the priority document, are hereinafter detailed and incorporated by reference in their entireties.

For the purposes of this specification and appended claims, unless otherwise indicated, all numbers expressing amounts, sizes, dimensions, proportions, shapes, formulations, parameters, percentages, parameters, quantities, characteristics, and other numerical values used in the specification and claims, are to be understood as being modified in all instances by the term “about” even though the term“about” may not expressly appear with the value, amount or range. Accordingly, unless indicated to the contrary, the numerical parameters set forth in the following specification and attached claims are not and need not be exact, but may be approximate and/or larger or smaller as desired, reflecting tolerances, conversion factors, rounding off, measurement error and the like, and other factors known to those of skill in the art depending on the desired properties sought to be obtained by the presently disclosed subject matter. For example, the term “about,” when referring to a value can be meant to encompass variations of, in some embodiments, ±100% in some embodiments ±50%, in some embodiments ±20%, in some embodiments ±10%, in some embodiments ±5%, in some embodiments ±1%, in some embodiments ±0.5%, and in some embodiments ±0.1% from the specified amount, as such variations are appropriate to perform the disclosed methods or employ the disclosed compositions.

Further, the term“about” when used in connection with one or more numbers or numerical ranges, should be understood to refer to all such numbers, including all numbers in a range and modifies that range by extending the boundaries above and below the numerical values set forth. The recitation of numerical ranges by endpoints includes all numbers, e.g., whole integers, including fractions thereof, subsumed within that range (for example, the recitation of 1 to 5 includes 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5, as well as fractions thereof, e.g., 1.5, 2.25, 3.75, 4.1, and the like) and any range within that range.

As used herein, the term“substantially” includes exactly the term it modifies and slight variations therefrom.

Overview

The present disclosure provides for a system of blocks that can be used for the construction of retaining walls, pillars, outside corners, inside comers, chimneys, and other structures consisting of stacked rows of like blocks stacked one on top of the other and oriented in a predetermined manner. As herein shown, the system comprises of a core block and a fascia blocks adapted to be connected to or mounted on the core blocks as it will be described herein below.

Core Blocks

FIGs. 1A and IB show an example of a single face core block 100, FIGs. 1C and ID show an example of a double face core block 100’, and FIGs. IE and IF show an example of a half core 100” according to one embodiment. Each core block 100, 100’, 100” has a front side face 115, a back side face 116, a left side face 111 (relative to the front side face 115), a right side face 112 (relative to the front side face 115), a top side face 113 and a bottom side face 114.

In some embodiments, the top 113 and bottom 114 side faces include at least one groove respectively that serve for interlocking core blocks together in stacked rows. In one embodiment, the core block 100, 100’ includes three grooves 17, 18, 19 on the top side face 113 and three grooves 17’, 18’ and 19’ on the bottom side face 114. However, more or less than three grooves are possible.

A horizontal shelf-like connector 118 extends from a bottom portion of one or more of the front side face, the back side face, the left side face or the right side face of the core blocks. In one embodiment, a shelf-like connector 118 extends from a bottom portion of the front side face 115 of core blocks 100, 100’ and 100”. In another embodiment, a second horizontal shelf 118’ may extend from a bottom portion of the back side face 116 of the double core block 100’ as shown in FIG. 1C and ID. A description of shelf 118 follows. It should be understood that unless noted otherwise, a similar description applies also to shelf 118” or a shelf that extends from the left side face or the right side face. The shelf 118 has a generally rectangular cross section. In one embodiment, the shelf 118 includes (i) a bottom face 119 which is aligned with, and can extend contiguously from, the bottom side face 114 of the core block 100, (ii) a top face 120, which orthogonally extends for a distance D1 from the front side face 115 of the core block 100 (or from back face 116 in the case of the double core block 100’ embodiment), and (iii) a flat front face 121 positioned parallel to the front side face 115 of the core block 100 (or back face 116 in the case of the core block 100’), the flat front face 121 of the shelf 118 forming a straight (i.e. 90°) corner 123 with the flat top face. The top face 120 of the shelf 118 forms a generally rounded corner 124 with the front face 115 of the core block 100. In another embodiment, the corner between the front face 115 of the core block and the top face of the shelf is straight (i.e. 90°).

In one embodiment, the bottom face 119 of the shelf 118 includes a horizontal (extending between the left side face 111 and the right side face 112) protrusion or male connector 122 which can be generally rounded (U-shape). In another embodiment, the bottom face of the shelf includes a horizontal groove. In another embodiment, the bottom face of the shelf includes a horizontal protrusion and a horizontal groove. In another embodiment, the bottom face of the shelf is flat (i.e. no protrusion or grooves).

The grooves or recesses 17, 18 and 19 disposed on the top side face 113 and the grooves or recesses 17’, 18’ and 19’ disposed on the bottom side face 114 of the core block 100, 100’, extend horizontally between the left side face 111 to the right side face 112 of the core block 10o, 100’. The grooves have a bottom wall 130 and opposed side walls 125. As seen in FIGs. 1 A-C, the top groove or recess 17, 18, 19 are disposed generally opposite to the bottom groove or recess 17’, 18’, 19’ respectively as described next. Groove 17 is offset rearwardly, a greater distance from the front side face 115 than the bottom groove or recess 17’. Bottom groove 18’ is offset rearwardly, a greater distance from the front side face 115 than the top groove or recess 18. Top groove 19 lies between grooves 17 and 18, while bottom groove 19’ lies between grooves 17’ and 18’. Grooves 19 and 19’ are disposed in opposed aligned relationship. In embodiments, the distance between the middle of the groove 18 and the middle of groove 19 is Z (see Fig. 1A), which is the same as the distance between the middle of groove 19 and the middle of groove 17. The distance between the middle of the groove 18’ (i.e. the middle point between the two opposed side walls 125) and the middle of groove 19’ is Y (see Fig. 1A), which is the same as the distance between the middle of groove 19’ and the middle of groove 17’. Y can be larger than Z. The difference between Y and Z is X, as shown in FIG. 4A.

In embodiments, the grooves 17, 17’, 18, 18’, 19, 19’ have their bottom walls 130 disposed parallel to the top and bottom side faces 113, 114, and their side walls 125 can be outwardly divergent whereby to define a semi-hexagonal cross-section, or can be disposed parallel to the front and back side faces 115, 116 of the core block 100 to define a semi-square. In the semi-hexagon embodiment, when opposed grooves, such as groove 17 is aligned with the recess 17’ in a stack row as shown in FIG. 4A, these grooves form a hexagon to receive therein an elongated connector element 70, which is of hexagonal cross-section. The cross-section of the elongated connector member 70 is slightly smaller than the cross-section of the juxtaposed grooves 17, 17’ whereby not to provide any interference. These connectors 70 prevent transverse displacement of rows of blocks when stacked one on top of each other and keeps them in longitudinal alignment.

In the semi-square embodiment, the grooves may be of rectangular cross section or any other suitable cross section whereby to receive a portion of an elongated connector element of square cross-section.

In one embodiment, the back side face 116 of core blocks 100, 100’ includes a cut-out or recess section 127 designed for easy handling and/or pick-up of the core block. In one embodiment, the cut-out section 127 includes a top wall 22, a side wall 24 and a bottom wall 25. The cut-out section 127 extends between the left side face 111 to the right side face 112 of the core block 100, 100’. The back side face 116 of half core block 100” is generally flat without a cut-out recess section.

In another embodiment, the core block 100, 100’ includes a split line 50, to facilitate splitting the back side face 116 from the front side face 115 of the core block 100, 100’. The split line 50 is a fractural indication, such as grooves, on the outside of the block running horizontally across the top side face 113 along the bottom wall of the groove 19, and the bottom side face 114 along the bottom wall of groove 19’ from the left side face 111 to the right side face 1 12, and then continuing vertically across the left and right side faces 111, 112 from the top side face 13 to the bottom side face 114. A half or end core block is depicted in FIGs. IE and IF. When splitting a full core block 100, 100’ into two half core blocks, one half core block will retain grooves 17, 17’ and half of grooves 19, 19’, while the other half core block will retain grooves 18, 18’ and the other corresponding half of grooves 19, 19’.

Fascia Block

FIGs. 2A, 2B and 2C shows an example of a standard fascia or covering block 200 according to one embodiment. Each fascia block 200 includes a front side face 235, a back side face 236, a right side face 231 (relative to the front side face 235), a left side face 232 (relative to the front side face 235), a top side face 233, and a bottom side face 234.

The back side face 236 of the fascia block 200 includes a cut-out section 237. In one embodiment, the cut-out 237 includes: (i) a horizontal wall 238 that orthogonally extends for a distance D2 from the back side face 236 of the fascia block 200 in a direction towards the front side face 235 of the fascia block, but is terminated before reaching the front side face 235 of the fascia block 200, and (ii) a vertical back wall 239 orthogonally extending downwards from an end of the horizontal wall 238 of the cut-out 237 that is closest to the front face 35 of the fascia block 200, thereby forming a 90 degree angle in relation to the horizontal wall of the cut-out. In a preferred embodiment D1 is longer than D2. In another embodiment, D 1 and D2 are of equal length. In another embodiment, D1 is longer than or equal to D2. The back side face 236 extends vertically between the top side face 236 to the horizontal wall 238 of the cut-out section 237. The left side face 232 and the right side face 231 extend between the top side face 233 to the bottom side face 234, or between the top side face 233 to the horizontal wall 238 of the cut-out 237. As such, the cut-out section 237 includes an open left side end 241 and an open right side end 242.

In one embodiment, the top side face 233 of the fascia block 200 includes at least one groove or female connector 40, 40’, which can be rounded (U-shaped). In the figures two grooves are depicted: a front groove 40 (closest to the front side face 235) and a back groove 40’ (closest to the back side face 236). The distance from the middle of one groove 40 to the middle of the next groove 40’ is X (i.e. the difference between Y and Z as explained above). Each groove 40, 40’ has a diameter of X/2. Grooves 40, 40’ are configured to receive the protrusion 122 of the core block in a male/female interaction.

In another embodiment, the top side face of the fascia block includes a horizontally disposed protrusion designed to couple with a corresponding groove or recess on the bottom side face of the shelf of the core block in a male/female interaction.

FIG. 2D depicts a fascia right end 300. In this embodiment the cut out section 370 includes (i) a horizontal wall 380 that orthogonally extends for the distance D2 illustrated in FIG. 2B from the back side face 350 of the fascia block 300 in a direction towards the front side face 360 of the fascia block 300, but is terminated before reaching the front side face 360 of the fascia block 300, and horizontally extends from the right side face 320 in a direction towards the left side face 322, but is terminated before reaching the left side face 322, and (ii) a vertical back wall 390 orthogonally extending downwards from an end of the horizontal wall 380 of the cut-out 370 that is closest to the front face 360 of the fascia block 300, thereby forming a 90 degree angle in relation to the horizontal wall of the cut-out. In addition, the cut out section 370 includes a left side wall 321. As such, in this embodiment, the left end 341 of the fascia block 300 is closed, while the right side end 342 is open.

In this embodiment, the grooves 40, 40’ extend along the top side face 333 from the right side face 320 towards the left side face 322 but is terminated before reaching the left side face 322. As such, the left ends of grooves 40, 40’ are closed, while the right side ends of grooves 40, 40’ are open.

FIG. 2E depicts a fascia left end 400. In this embodiment the cut out section 470 includes (i) a horizontal wall 480 that orthogonally extends for the distance D2 from the back side face 450 of the fascia block 400 in a direction towards the front side face 460 of the fascia block 400, but is terminated before reaching the front side face 460 of the fascia block 400, and horizontally extends from the left side face 422 in a direction towards the right side face 420, but is terminated before reaching the right side face 420, and (ii) a vertical back wall 490 orthogonally extending downwards from an end of the horizontal wall 480 of the cut-out 470 that is closest to the front face 460 of the fascia block 400, thereby forming a 90 degree angle in relation to the horizontal wall of the cut-out. In addition, the cut out section 470 includes a right side wall 421. As such, in this embodiment, the right end 442 of the fascia block 400 is closed, while the left side end 441 is open. In this embodiment, the grooves 40, 40’ on the top side face 433 extend along the top side face 433 from the left side face 422 towards the right side face 420 but they are terminated before reaching the right side face 420. As such, the right ends of grooves 40, 40’ are closed, while the left side ends of grooves 40, 40’ are open.

FIG. 2F depicts a fascia block 500 having a cut out section with both ends closed. Fascia block 500 may also be referred to as fascia pillar. In this embodiment the cut out section 570 includes (i) a left side wall 521, (ii) a right side wall 522, (iii) a horizontal wall 580 that orthogonally extends for the distance D2 from the back side face 550 of the fascia block 500 in a direction towards the front side face 560 of the fascia block 500, but is terminated before reaching the front side face 560 of the fascia block 500, and that horizontally extends between the right side wall 522 and the left side wall 521, and (iv) a vertical back wall 590 orthogonally extending downwards from an end of the horizontal wall 580 of the cut-out 570 that is closest to the front face 560 of the fascia block 500, thereby forming a 90 degree angle in relation to the horizontal wall of the cut-out. As such, in this embodiment, the right end 542 and the left side end 541 of the cut out 570 of the fascia block 500 are closed, and the right and left ends of grooves 40, 40’ are closed.

FIG. 2G depicts an embodiment of a fascia end block 200’. Fascia end block 200’ includes the same design as the standard fascia 200 shown in FIGs. 2A to 2C, except that the distance between the right side face 23 and the left side face 232’ is relatively shorter than the distance between the right side face 231 and the left side face 232 of the standard fascia block 200.

Base

FIGs. 3 A and 3B depict a core base 600. Each core base block 600 includes a front side face 635, a back side face 636, a left side face 631 (relative to the front side face 635), a right side face 632 (relative to the front side face 635), a top side face 633 and a bottom side face 634. The top side face 633 includes a groove 617 that extends between the right side face 632 and the left side face 631 that serves for interlocking with a core block 100 resting on the base 600 as shown in Fig. 12.

The groove 617 includes a bottom wall 624 and opposed side walls 625. The groove 617 has its bottom wall 625 disposed parallel to the top and bottom side faces 633, 634, and their side walls 625 are outwardly divergent whereby to define a semi-hexagonal cross-section. When a recess 617 is aligned, for example, with the recess 19’ of a core block, such as core block 100 as shown in FIG. 12, these recesses form a hexagon to receive therein an elongated connector element 40, which is of hexagonal cross-section. The cross-section of the elongated connector member 40 is slightly smaller than the cross-section of the juxtaposed recesses 617, 19’ whereby not to provide any interference. These connectors 40 prevent transverse displacement of rows of blocks when stacked one on top of each other and keeps them in longitudinal alignment.

In another embodiment, the opposed side walls of the groove of the base can be disposed parallel to the front and back side faces of the core base to define a semi-square. In the semi-square embodiment, the groove of the core base may be of rectangular cross section or any other suitable cross section whereby to receive a portion of an elongated connector element of square cross- section.

Manufacture

In some embodiments, the core, fascia and base blocks may be manufactured according to methods and processes known in the art. In one embodiment, the core, fascia and base blocks may be made of concrete. The core, fascia and base blocks may be precast concrete blocks, however any other suitable material may be used to manufacture the core, fascia and base blocks described herein.

Assembly of Core Block and Fascia Block

With reference to FIGs. 1 to 2 and FIGs. 4A and 4B, the cut-out 237 of the fascia block 200 is designed, sized or configured to mount, connect, interlock, integrate or couple with the shelf 1 18 of the core block 100. In one embodiment, the cut-out 237 of the fascia block 200 mounts to the shelf 1 18 of the core block 100 such that the horizontal wall 238 of the cut-out 237 rests onto the top face 120 of the shelf 1 18 of the core block 100, thereby mounting the fascia block 200 to the core block 100. In one embodiment, a gap 5 between a side face of the core block that has a shelf and the back side face of the fascia block is formed when the fascia block is mounted to the core block. In one embodiment, the gap 5 is formed by having D1 longer than D2. However, other designs may be implemented to form the gap. These gaps 5 can be consistently maintained when core blocks and fascia blocks are stacked to form a structure (i.e. a wall, a retaining wall, a pillar, columns, chimneys and so forth). As such the rear face of the fascia block does not come into direct contact with the face of the core block having the shelf 118 when a structure is assembled using the blocks described in this disclosure. This gap may be used to accommodate unintended manufacturing differences in the thickness (distance between the back face and the front face) of the fascia blocks to ensure the front face of a wall formed by the blocks is flush. The size of the gap 5 may therefore not be consistent for each integration of fascia block and core block. The gap 5 may also serve to prevent efflorescence.

In one embodiment, each rounded groove 40, 40’ of the top side face 233 of the fascia block 200 is designed to receive the at least one rounded (U-shaped) protrusion 122 on the bottom face 1 19 of the shelf 118 of the core block 100 when the fascia block 200 is combined with or coupled to the core block 100 via integration of the shelf 118 and cut-out 237.

Referring now to FIGs. 4A and 4B, there is shown embodiments of the manner in which the blocks are coupled and stacked.

FIG. 4B illustrates a structure 400 having a straight front face 402. In this embodiment, a first block lOOi is stacked on top of a second block lOOii. If the construction is to have a straight front face 402, then the middle groove 19 of block lOOii, is disposed in juxtaposed and aligned with groove 19’ of block lOOi, while the grooves 17, 17’ are offset, as shown in FIG. 4B. No connector are provided in the grooves 17, 17’, which are offset a distance X, i.e. the distance between the centers of grooves 40, 40’. In this straight embodiment the rounded (U-shaped) protrusion 122 on the bottom face 119 of the shelf 118 of the core block 100 interacts with rounded front groove 40 of the top side face 233 of the fascia block 200.

FIG. 4 A illustrates a structure 410 having an inclined, sloped or offset front face 412 to create a battered structed. In this embodiment, a first block lOOi is stacked on top of a second block lOOii. The groove 17 (i.e. the groove closest to the front face of the core block) of core block lOOii, is disposed in juxtaposed alignment with groove 17’ of core block lOOi. In this set back embodiment the rounded (U-shaped) protrusion 122 on the bottom face 119 of the shelf 118 of the core block 100 interacts with rounded back groove 40’ of the top side face 233 of the fascia block 200. No connector are provided in the grooves 19, 19’ . Note that the split line of the two blocks of structure 410 are offset a distance X, i.e. the distance between the centers of grooves 40, 40’.

As such, by selecting the positon of the grooves 17, 18, 19, the same block can be used to construct structures of differing batter.

The blocks of the present disclosure may be used to construct walls, retaining walls (see FIGs. 5 and 6), pillars as illustrated in FIGs. 7A to 7G, inside and outside corner assemblies as illustrated in FIGs. 8A to 8F, and a variety of other structures such as chimneys, privacy walls, mortar-free masonry walls, sound barriers and so forth.

The system of the present disclosure allow the construction of a variety of structures. FIG. 5 illustrates a structure 80 having a straight front 82 using single core blocks 100 and fascia blocks 200.

FIG. 6 illustrates a structure 90 having an offset front 92 using single core blocks 100 and fascia blocks 200.

FIG. 7A illustrates a structure 700 having a single straight front face 702 using double core blocks 100’. Using the double core blocks 100’ can lead to a wall 701 having a straight front face 702 and a straight back face 704 (see FIG. 7B).

FIG. 8 illustrates a structure 800 having a setback or offset front face 802 using double core blocks 100’.

FIGs. 9A to 9E illustrate the construction of a pillar 900 using single core blocks 100 and half core blocks 100” to erect the core of the pillar 900, and fascia pillars 500 to create the front face of the pillar 900. The top of the pillar 900 may be closed with a component 905 that rests on the top row 904 of the pillar 900.

FIGs. 10A to 10E illustrate the construction of a corner assembly 1000 using single core blocks 100 and half core blocks 100”. In FIGs. 10D and 10E note the use of right end 300 and left end 400 fascia blocks to create the corner of the front face of the corner assembly, followed by standard fascia blocks 200.

FIG. 11 illustrates a structure of double core blocks 100’ with end core block 100”, left 400 and right 300 end fascia blocks and fascia end block 200’.

FIG. 12 illustrates a structure of single cores 100 with base 600.

In another embodiment, the present disclosure provides for a kit comprising of a core block and a fascia block. The kit may also include the base 600 and/or the connector element 70. The kit may also include instructions for assembling the elements of the kit into one or more structures.

It is within the ambit of the present disclosure to provide any obvious modifications of the embodiment described herein, provided such modifications fall within the scope of the appended claims.

Those skilled in the art will recognize, or be able to ascertain using no more than routine experimentation, many equivalents to the specific embodiments of the invention described herein. Such equivalents are intended to be encompassed by the following claims.

The following claims are provided to add additional clarity to this disclosure. Future applications claiming priority to this application may or may not include the following claims, and may include claims broader, narrower, or entirely different from the following claims.