A double storey house in Castlecrag, NSW is attracting attention for its
use of the AAC Hebel wall system. Though similar to brick in appearance, the
AAC (autoclaved aerated concrete) system is a lightweight material that
delivers multiple benefits during and after construction.
Empower Construction supplied and installed the CSR Hebel Power Panel external
wall system at the Castlecrag home five years ago. Considered more suited to
industrial construction, AAC Hebel was still relatively unknown in the residential
Ryan Steyn, Managing Director of Empower Construction explains most
people don’t realise that the advantages of lightweight construction materials go
beyond merely looking similar in appearance to traditional materials.
Some of the advantages of the CSR Hebel external wall system include brick-like
strength and durability; more cost effective than traditional materials, requiring
fewer people on site; exceptional insulation properties that reduce energy
usage in summer and winter; fire resistance and compliance with all Bushfire
Attack Level requirements; high performance acoustics and many environmental advantages;
and faster construction time.
The CSR Hebel external wall system is increasingly being accepted in the
residential market by architects and builders and is now widely used in homes,
apartments and townhouses.
Damien Brown, Team Leader on the Castlecrag home, commented he loved
working with the Hebel external wall system for its versatility in providing a
great finish, easy handling, and quick and clean installation. In addition to offering
excellent aesthetics, the AAC system allowed them to complete the construction
in a fraction of the time compared with traditional methods.