Advantages of Using Lightweight Concrete Blocks Over Standard Concrete

In construction, the quality and strength of building materials are critical to the longevity and performance of the structure. Concrete is one of the most commonly used materials to build a wide array of structures, but as builders are looking into environmentally friendly and cost-effective resources, the use of light weight concrete blocks has become widely accepted and sought-after by discerning construction companies and building owners. Autoclaved aerated concrete (AAC) is one type of lightweight concrete that has been around since 1923, as an invention of Johan Axel Eriksson from Sweden. It is currently a viable substitute to red clay bricks when making walls.

There are many advantages to using light weight concrete blocks like AAC. Despite the lighter weight, autoclaved aerated concrete possesses superb sound and thermal insulation, and has high load bearing capacity. Builders across Europe and around the world have begun recognising AAC blocks for those qualities, especially in applications that require an efficient, durable, and eco-friendly material. Modern energy efficient buildings and structures are some of the projects that can benefit from using these lightweight blocks.

Using light weight concrete blocks will help you meet CO2  emission reduction requirements. AAC blocks have a lower cost of construction and go through energy-efficient manufacturing and installation. To create them, manufacturers use fly-ash, the waste material from steel manufacturing. Clay bricks are manufactured using cultivable soil, which means that their use contributes to reducing forest area. The production process for AAC blocks require at least 30 percent less energy, which means that by choosing them, you are contributing to lowering the carbon emissions in our planet.

Light weight concrete blocks are easier to transport because they are lighter than standard concrete and clay bricks, even when being delivered in the same volume. So, the cost of transportation is much lower, and you can save in logistics costs. And because they are lightweight, they are more energy-efficient to be transported to high-altitude areas without straining the cargo’s engine and causing more emissions.

It is easy to use light weight concrete block like AAC, as they require very little water to bond and adhere to make a structure. It will be easy to maintain a building that is made of these blocks, too, and due to their nature, your structure can keep cool in the summer, and warm in the winter.

About the Author

Magicrete Building Solutions Pvt.Ltd is one of India’s leading manufacturer of AAC Blocks which are light weight concrete blocks and other green building materials. They offer high quality and precisely designed blocks manufactured with Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (AAC) - a path-breaking technology in the construction Industry. They offer durable and Eco-friendly construction materials.


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05 Jul 2018

By Darshak Shah
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