We at LightStrong continuously aim to help you with your construction needs. We’re so eager to provide you with all these advantages that it might be a lot to take in. And so, we answered some of the most asked questions about LightStrong blocks to aid you in your decision-making.
What is LightStrong block (LSB)?
Generally known as Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (AAC), LSB is a lightweight building material that can be used for interior and exterior construction for both load-bearing and non-load bearing walls.
It is made of all-natural fine ingredients such as sand and/or fly ash, quicklime, cement, gypsum, aerating agent, and water. It is molded and cut into precisely dimensioned units and cured in an autoclave at high pressure and temperature.
What are the advantages is LSB?
LSB is a versatile, excellent type of building block compared to other concrete materials due to following advantages:
- Cost Saving
- Earthquake Resilient
- Thermal Insulation
- Sound Insulation
- Fire Resistant
- Moisture Resistant
- Pest Resistant
Why is LSB ideal in wall construction?
- Easy transport and handling
- Reduced time in job sites
- Reduced material and manpower costs
- Creative and versatile design options
- Fire resistant
- Good sound insulation
- Economical due to savings in utility and maintenance costs
What are the cost saving benefits of using LSB?
Savings starts from the beginning of the construction to completion and extends even when the structure using LSB is inhabited.
- Foundation Cost
- Man-hour Cost
- Housekeeping Cost
- Operating Cost
- Heating and Cooling Cost
- Maintenance Cost
What types of structures are LSB used?
LSB can be widely used in residential, commercial and industrial buildings, such as hotels, retail, hospitals, residential, factory/warehouse, schools and even perimeter fences/firewall.
How durable is LSB?
Although approximately 80% of the block is air, LSB’s bearing strength can go up to 1,160 PSI (half of that of normal concrete). Because it’s lightweight, it would put less load on the foundation. This then reduces the impact of an earthquake on the structure. Unlike the heterogeneous common hollow blocks which are made of a mixture of cement, sand, gravel, and water, LSBs are single-phase building materials so they are much more compact. Therefore, it resists cracks or breakage.
How is LSB a “green” green building material?
From its production up to the actual usage and disposal, LSBs produce around 30% less solid waste compared to your regular alternatives. Since these precisely-cut blocks fit so well together, you don’t need to do that much on-site cutting, therefore minimizing waste. Greenhouse gas emissions during production are also significantly lower. Aside from that, LSBs also utilize industrial wastes such as fly ash as a main raw material.
These advantages of the LSB may qualify for certain LEED points which can be considered for certification.
Do we need special storage for LightStrong products?
No. LSBs do not entail special care in handling. It can even withstand high stacking levels.
Can LSB be used to put up a firewall?
With its excellent fire rating, LSBs is ideal as firewalls.
Can brackets, screws, nails and adaptors be used?
With workability similar to that of wood, all these fasteners can be readily used on LSBs.