CSR Hebel leads the way in developing environmentally responsible and sustainable building products.
Given the rising cost of energy combined with homeowners seeking greater comfort and aesthetics in their homes, there is increasing focus on the energy efficiency and design aspects of building products.
CSR Hebel is at the forefront of developing practical building solutions for energy efficient housing. There has been a dramatic increase in the use of Hebel as a building product, with home owners, builders and Architects preferring its design and sustainability features.
Hebel is Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (AAC), an innovative building material manufactured from a mix of sand, cement, recycled material, lime, gypsum and aerating agents. Hebel ACC wall panels meet the homeowner’s requirement for practical as well as aesthetic benefits.
Hebel Power Panels can be used to create innovative design, both externally and internally through planning and structural flexibility. It is also highly fire resistant and can be used in some of the most extreme bushfire locations. Hebel’s performance features also include high acoustic absorbing properties, and ability to reduce costly energy bills for cooling and heating. Hebel is also faster to build with than other materials, which helps speed up the building process, saving labour, time and money. The low bulk density of Hebel means that less than a quarter of the resources and raw materials are used in its production, compared to other masonry products.
Hebel has been awarded the GECA Label for its products and systems. To qualify for the GECA endorsement, Hebel products and systems needed to show significantly reduced environment loads of at least 30% compared to alternative masonry products over their lifecycle.
Hebel was found to have clear environmental benefits across all key environmental criteria, with 61 per cent and 64 per cent less embodied energy, and 64 per cent and 55 per cent less greenhouse gas emissions than concrete and brick veneer.
Leading architects and builders are using Hebel, making a rendered home now more affordable than ever.
Architect Gareth Cole from Ecologie Group says his clients can clearly see the benefits of using Hebel. He describes Hebel as the ‘turbo boost’ needed for designing energy efficient buildings as it’s ecologically sustainable, uses around one tenth the energy used by bricks, and has first rate thermal insulation qualities, real acoustic benefits and proven resistance to bushfire.
Hebel’s financial benefits come from the faster construction, which significantly reduces labour requirement compared to traditional construction techniques and products. Building with Hebel also means less mess on-site, cleaner, safer work areas and less clean-up at completion of construction, all of which help to reduce the total cost to build.