what is lightweight construction?
In lightweight construction, timber or light gauge steel framing provides structural support for the building. Non-structural cladding – made from lightweight building materials such as autoclave aerated concrete (AAC) e.g. Hebel, or polystyrene panels eg: Exsulite, to name just a couple of examples – is then attached to the framework.
A proven product, AAC has been used as a building material in Europe for more than 70 years, and in Australia for over 20 years.
AAC is made by mixing an expanding agent to concrete, causing tiny air bubbles to form. The cement is then cured in a heated environment, and while soft, sliced to size. The panels or blocks that are formed are steam cured in an autoclave, making them strong and contributing to their much valued thermal and acoustic capability.
To learn more about lightweight construction or to seek advice, speak to Empower Construction -mspecialists in supply, installation and consulting in lightweight construction.
WHY LIGHTWEIGHT IS NO ‘LIGHTWEIGHT’ WHEN IT COMES TO CONSTRUCTION
We all know that brick is quite literally the cornerstone of construction. Tried and tested it has stood the test of time but are there better alternatives in todays evolving construction market?
Ryan Steyn from Empower Construction, specialists in the supply, installation and advice on lightweight construction, explains why you should consider lightweight for your next project. “Lightweight construction has evolved significantly over time. Although some materials have been around for decades, we’re now seeing them used more and more for structural development, as well as an external cladding. The demand for lightweight construction has grown rapidly as more people switch onto the many benefits of building with these materials.”
Innovations in lightweight products have really opened the door to construction offering numerous advantages over traditional approaches to building, such as:
Cost effectiveness – fewer construction processes that reduce construction time and costs.
Strength and durability – delivers a solid building that stands the test of time in any environment.
Ease of handling – light to transport and extremely quick to install, construction can be completed in days instead of weeks.
Safe and sound – strong thermal, acoustic and fire retardant qualities make it the perfect choice for the harsh Australian environment.
Pleasing aesthetics – ideally suited to a wide range of modern building styles, lightweight materials can be moulded or routed to create interesting visual effects and contemporary aesthetics.
Light on the environment – Australian made, produced using less energy that traditional materials, easily stored and transported, and with built in insulation saving on energy bills – lightweight construction is a win-win for planet earth, developers and clients alike.
There are a number of lightweight products on the market so discussing your requirements with specialists is essential. Maybe it’s time to consider lightweight construction for your next project?