PSE Consulting Engineers, Inc. has been involved with residential home projects all over the country using every material you can imagine. Aircrete is no exception the challenges that PSE will take on when it comes to making sure our clients can build the home of their dreams. The reason Aircrete is gaining in popularity is simply due to the green movement in construction. Aircrete has a much smaller carbon footprint than traditional concrete and will help cut into the high percentage of carbon dioxide emissions produced by concrete manufacturing.
What is Aircrete?
To keep things simple, Aircrete is similar to traditional concrete, but contains “bubbles”. Traditional concrete utilizes a coarse aggregate material, such as gravel. This along with metal rebar creates a material that is very dense and has a very high structural strength. Aircrete uses small pieces of foam that will add “bubbles” or airspace within the concrete mix. Aircrete is very easy to work with, it can be drilled, shaped, and eve cut with wood working tools to get the shapes you desire. Aircrete will take nails screws, and can be repaired very easily. The mix will continue to harden as time goes on which will make for a great structural material.
Reasons to build with Aircrete
- Fireproof – Due to the recent wildfires sweeping North America in the last few years, many home owners, designers, and contractors are looking for other options when rebuilding their homes. The way stick frame homes are constructed easily allow flames to spread through the structure quickly and efficiently. That is not the case with homes built using Aircrete, this material has even been used to build furnaces.
- Cost – When comparing traditional concrete vs Aircrete, the most significant difference is the cost. This is also one of the main reasons this material has taken off recently. Not only will Aircrete save you money with construction costs, but it will continue to save you money in heating and cooling costs in the warm and cold months. Aircrete serves as a structural material as well as a very good insulator, all in the same material.
- Thermal Efficiency – Many Aircrete homes share the same style – single story, domed roof. Domes themselves are very energy efficient as they enclose your home with the least amount of material used. Due to the fact that most Aircrete homes are built with a seamless construction between floors, walls, and roof, this eliminates any thermal bridges for energy loss.
- Sustainability – Many people are turning towards green and sustainable materials to help reduce the environmental impact of construction. As it is not the most “green” material, it sure does its part, especially when comparing to traditional concrete mix, as well as other traditional building materials.
- Pest Proof – Traditional stick framed homes are constructed in a way that you will find many seams that can allows smalls insects and other pests into the home. As mentioned before Aircrete homes are constructed in such a way that it is seamless from floor to walls to roof. As long as airtight doors and windows are installed correctly, this will ensure no pests will be joining you in your home.
What can Aircrete be used for?
- Precast Blocks, Panels, or Slabs
- Insulating a floor system
- Roofs (for insulation properties)
- Insulating underground pipes
- And much more…