Research & Development in Material Science

Sustainable Construction Using Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (Aircrete) Blocks

Submission: September 14, 2017; Published: October 20, 2017

DOI: 10.31031/RDMS.2017.01.000518

ISSN: 2576-8840
Volume1 Issue4


Low Density Aircrete (Density≤450kg/m3, compressive strength≤3N/mm2) has been used extensively for the construction of dwellings in many parts of Europe. In the UK, however, lack of availability has restricted the use of Low Density Aircrete. Developments in Eurocode 6 require adjustment to the UK design procedures, allowing greater utilization of Low Density High Performance Aircrete. The material has considerable advantages, which include its economical, mechanical and physical properties. It is usually manufactured using pulverized fuel ash, which is an industrial by-product. The potential for using Low Density Aircrete for the UK and indeed global construction industry is therefore highly promising with substantial economic and environmental benefits. Furthermore, calculations show the thermal insulating (shielding for hot climates) properties of this material.

Keywords: Low density aircrete; Sustainable masonry

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