The many benefits of using Hebel PowerBlocks include:
Solid and strong: Hebel PowerBlocks are made from Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (AAC), a strong, solid masonry building material with the advantage of being 25% the weight of conventional concrete.
Acoustic Performance: Significantly reduced sound transmission from room-to-room.
Thermal Resistance: Unique thermal properties result in a more stable inside temperature, reducing the energy required to heat and cool your home, thereby reducing energy bills.
Environmentally friendly: 73% less embodied energy and 61% less greenhouse gas emissions than comparative masonry products*.
*Source: LCA Report GECA 2006
Fire Protection: Non-combustible blocks with frameless construction deliver superior fire resistance. Hebel PowerBlock systems also allow you to build right up to your boundary line.
Pest resistance: Not a food source for termites or vermin and no cavity construction eliminates the chance of harbouring pests.
Design Freedom: Hebel PowerBlock Wall Systems provide absolute freedom to design and build your ultimate dream home – without compromise.
Technical Support: Competent technical support through Hebel distributors.
The unique combination of thermal resistance and thermal mass make building with Hebel a smart choice for meeting Australia’s stringent building regulations.
The thermal performance of a building depends on a number of factors such as orientation and size and aspect of windows. The R-Value of walls and floors can significantly affect the energy-rating outcome of dwellings. A 250mm Hebel PowerBlock has 3 times the R-Value of a cavity brick wall (BCA Vol. 2 Figure 126.96.36.199). The use of Hebel in walls and floors will provide increased thermal performance that can allow more flexibility with other design aspects of a building.
The thermal efficiency of Hebel systems will also reduce the reliance on heating and cooling appliances. The combined effects of running a heater less in winter and fans or air conditioning less in summer can have a big impact on energy costs and the environment.
Single Skin Construction
The AAC masonry constructed from Hebel PowerBlock products is called “Plain Masonry” and the blocks are masonry units referred to as a “Solid Unit”. The type of solid unit is “Autoclaved aerated concrete masonry unit” complying with AS/NZS 4455 – Masonry Units and Segment Pavers.
The larger face dimension and being a single skin, Hebel PowerBlock walls are erected quickly when compared to double brick construction.