CSR Hebel  has launched PowerClad, a revolutionary lightweight masonry cladding system. PowerClad solid masonry cladding is quick to install, easy to handle and enables greater control.

Hebel’s PowerClad solid masonry cladding system has been designed for the residential market and is suited for homes built using timber or steel framing. Solid masonry systems can be used in new dwelling construction, second storey additions, extensions, and for re-cladding.

A single 1800mm PowerClad cladding panel is equivalent in area to 53 bricks, meaning the installation time is very fast, taking just half the time required for brick installation. PowerClad cladding panels also help to overcome the issue of frame misalignment.

PowerClad panels are manufactured from solid steel-reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete, offering the same qualities of standard masonry, but weighing just a quarter of the weight.

Paul Mooney, Marketing Manager of CSR Hebel explained: “A standard PowerClad panel weighs about 39kgs when delivered, which means two people can position it without needing cranes or mechanical lifting devices - it’s easily worked with standard tools. This also makes it ideal for second storey additions.”

The new masonry cladding system consists of PowerClad panels being glued and screwed to an adjustable channel system. This results in a flat surface for a beautiful render finish.

Paul Mooney says, “Because the system is so straightforward and easy, you can simply use existing trades to install the cladding, without having to bring in specialist teams. It’s extremely economical.”

PowerClad cladding panels have up to five times the thermal resistance of standard house bricks and have better thermal efficiency than even double brick walls, offering reduced heating and cooling costs. Further thermal efficiency can also be achieved by adding insulation to the frame cavity. PowerClad cladding systems also provide high acoustic insulation properties compared to polystyrene and fibre cement.

Made from non-combustible panels, PowerClad solid masonry cladding systems have excellent fire resistant qualities. The masonry cladding system offers a high fire rating of up to 90 minutes, meaning a building can be taken up to the boundary line in bushfire-prone areas.

PowerClad solid masonry cladding systems are made of long-lasting materials that are not edible by termites or vermin.