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Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (AAC) - Hebel®

Supplier: Guardian Building Products

Designed for our environment.

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Hebel® is helping to build the longterm future of Australian living with a commitment to products that are practical, versatile, environmentally preferable and durable enough to stand the test of time.

Hebel® is Australia’s leading manufacturer of Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (AAC), an amazingly innovative building material that has been used in Europe for more than 70 years and in Australia for more than 20 years.

AAC is a lightweight concrete that is formed into blocks and panels for a wide range of loadbearing and nonloadbearing construction applications.

It is manufactured from sand, water, cement, recycled material, gypsum, lime and aluminium paste. It is moulded, cut and steam pressure cured in an autoclave before being packed, ready for transport.

AAC delivers the benefits of traditional masonry such as strength, acoustics, fire and pest resistance and is installed faster, saving valuable construction time. It has a unique combination of thermal mass and insulation providing a more comfortable living environment.

The core component of Hebel® Systems is a 75mm thick, steel mesh reinforced panel which is supplied in various lengths and profiles to suit wall, floor and fence requirements. Hebel® has developed products and systems for all segments of the construction industry:

  • New Detached Housing (Free standing homes)
  • Alterations and Additions (Renovations and extensions)
  • Low Rise Multi-Residential (Townhouses, villas, duplexes, seniors living)
  • High Rise Multi-Residential (Apartments over 4 storeys)
  • Commercial and Industrial (Warehouses, factories, shopping centres)
  • Civil Sound Barriers (Freeway/Road Noise walls)
  • Outdoor/Indoor Living (DIY).

By choosing Hebel® you can feel good in the knowledge that you have chosen a building material that is better for our environment. The unique innovation that is Hebel® delivers a large number of key environmental benefits over comparable materials.

Independently assessed
To clarify these environmental benefits Hebel® has worked with Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) to conduct a life cycle assessment (LCA) to the international standard ISO 14 024 comparing Hebel® to other building products with the same application.

Life cycle assessment is the leading methodology used to quantify the environmental impacts over a product’s entire life including; raw material extraction, production, during use and disposal at end the of the product life.

This independent assessment found that Hebel® has clear environmental benefits across all key environmental criteria. These include global warming, acidification, heavy metal content, carcinogens, smog creation, cumulative energy demand, water use and solid waste generation. In many cases the environmental benefits were well over 60% better than comparable materials.

Hebel® is committed to providing a rounded and thorough picture of the environmental attributes of its products and as LCA methodologies and agreed standards change, Hebel® will continue to use independent environmental assessments to ensure comprehensive and credible information is presented to the market.

Raw materials
The low bulk density of Hebel® AAC means that less than a quarter of the resources and raw materials are used in its production than for other masonry products. All raw materials are sourced locally to minimise energy used in transport.

Production
The Hebel® production process is ecologically responsible with very little waste produced and we have a passion to reduce waste further through extensive recycling.

Production waste, slurry and even the steam generated are recycled back into the manufacturing process while waste steel and oil are recycled off site. Even the non toxic citrus based solvents used for cleaning are recycled.

Embodied energy
Hebel® PowerWall™ uses over 60%* less embodied energy than comparative concrete and brick veneer wall systems.

Usage
The combination of modular panel sizes which are designed to suit standard building practices and the ease of working with standard power tools means there is very little waste on site during construction.

This means less mess and less landfill due to leftover building materials. We are also investigating the use of crushing machines to recycle the finished AAC back into the manufacturing process.

Hebel® products are non-toxic and don’t emit any gases, another reason why they are an increasingly popular choice for people concerned with building a healthy, environmentally responsible home or building.

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