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The Power of Hebel PowerPanel

the power of hebel powerpanel

The exterior walls of the house going up this week has prompted several people to ask what material we’ve used and why.

It’s a CSR Hebel product called PowerPanel, which are aerated concrete slabs reinforced with steel mesh.

hebel power panel

Being a masonry product it provides a solid, strong and durable wall as we’re used to with bricks, but with added benefits as shown below:

 

Benefits of Hebel PowerPanel

  • It is generally cheaper overall to build with than bricks.
  • Much faster to install than bricks,  which is a great benefit for an extension.hebel powerpanel
  • Outstanding thermal insulation qualities to save on energy heating and cooling costs
  • Fantastic acoustic qualities, reducing exterior noise penetration
  • Eco friendly – Hebel uses 64% less embodied energy to make and produces 55% less Greenhouse gas emissions than brick veneer

Friends have recently used it on their newly built 2-storey home and have commented how energy efficient PowerPanel has made their home.  They rarely need to use any heating or cooling at all which is fantastic.

Using Hebel made passing the new 6 star Energy Rating Requirements for building consent easier too.

I originally thought it was a good idea to use PowerPanel because our entire house is going to be rendered.  It made sense to start with a smooth surface rather than rendering over brickwork anyway.

But, once I discovered the other benefits of PowerPanel I was sold.

I can’t imagine using clay bricks again myself in the future.  Of course we don’t wanna see our brickie friends out of jobs, but I guess like many other roles these days, they might need to diversify their skills to add “Accredited Powerpanel Installer” to their repertoire.

There’s resistance with any new products and processes we’re not used to, and I’m sure it’ll take several more years (especially in little ol’ Adelaide) for this type of construction to be the norm.   It’s great though to see innovation in the building industry.

You can read more about Hebel products here: www.hebel.com.au

Have you used Hebel products? Or used alternative building methods? I’d love to hear about it.

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By | 2016-07-01T13:43:10+00:00 July 1st, 2016|Categories: Building 101|Tags: , , , , |9 Comments

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9 Comments

  1. Nicole @ The Builder's Wife July 3, 2016 at 7:56 pm - Reply

    I think it is so important that we embrace the technology in construction, years and years of research make for amazing products, why not use them. I think the hebel also looks great, easy to install and such a great environmental choice!

    • Tash July 7, 2016 at 1:35 pm - Reply

      Thanks Nic, I’m excited to see if we notice an energy saving in the home. I’m all for new technology 🙂

  2. Bec Senyard July 6, 2016 at 7:05 am - Reply

    There is always resistance to new products in the construction industry. The big one for plumbing is using plastic pipe instead of copper. It sounds like you’ve made a great choice with the Hebel. If I renovated and extended, I’d definitely think about using it.

    • Tash July 7, 2016 at 1:32 pm - Reply

      Yes, I bet you hear all about that one Bec! It’s funny how set people are in their ways about construction.. double brick and copper pipes need to stay in the past for sure 🙂

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  6. Kev October 12, 2016 at 8:55 am - Reply

    Hi Tash, are there any special considerations with maintaining an external Hebel wall? I’m also interested is knowing what flexibility there is if we decide to make holes in it in the future for hanging stuff if or adding electricity cables.

    Thanks
    Kev

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