Boutique architectural practice Danette Architecture chose Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (AAC) panels from CSR Hebel for a new luxury home in the leafy suburb of Wahroonga NSW.

Architect Mark Wilson designed the luxury two-storey, four-bedroom, four-bathroom residence based on a brief to create a modern design, sympathetic to the existing character of the dwelling and maximising the use of natural light. The owner also sought to create an external façade with deep window reveals, which meant that Wilson needed to source a building material that accommodated this specific design feature.

Wilson chose Hebel AAC to create a stunning and unique masterpiece with outstanding aesthetic appeal and energy efficiency.

When designing the home and sourcing materials, Wilson had to consider all aspects of the design including thermal and acoustic properties, the method of installation and the finished aesthetic and cost. A timber framed structure was proposed, so a lightweight cladding system was required.

After researching a range of materials, Wilson chose to recommend Hebel Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (AAC), an amazingly innovative building material, manufactured from sand, cement, lime, gypsum and aerating agents. Hebel AAC perfectly suited the design of the deep window reveals and ensured a beautiful finished aesthetic.

Wilson had to ensure, when choosing the building materials that the owners had a comfortable living environment. Sydney weather can vary greatly throughout the year, and given the deep window reveals, it was essential that the home’s thermal qualities were superior. Hebel AAC offers enhanced insulation performance three times that of brick, ensuring comfort throughout the year, and reducing the reliance on heating and cooling appliances. Its high acoustic absorbing properties help significantly reduce sound transmission between rooms and noise penetration from external sources.

Choosing Hebel for the external wall finish for the new first floor walls reduced the requirements for expensive steel framework and also significantly reduced the build time, saving money for the owner. Hebel’s high performance steel reinforced panels provided the solid feel, strength and security associated with traditional bricks while only taking three days to complete the installation of the first floor walls.

The end result is a stunning home that exceeds the client’s brief and expectations. Wilson is also proud of the residence and impressed with Hebel PowerPanel, especially the ease of construction and the end finish of the product, which exactly represented the images envisaged at the beginning of the project.