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5 Coating Systems

5.1 Coating /Rendering

The proprietary coating systems consist of polymer-modified cement renders, which must be finished with an acrylic texture and paint. The proprietary coating manufacturer’s instructions and application requirements must be followed at all times. *(Available to download from the QT website) In most cases these coating systems must be applied by an approved applicator. High profile or heavy texture finishes can minimise surface imperfections or glancing light concerns. Light coloured coatings are recommended. Polymer-modified cement renders must not be applied over sealants or control joints.

5.2 Pre – Coating System Inspection

Check all internal and external corners are formed correctly and have good straight lines. Check the first horizontal course, and panels above rooflines have a good clean bottom line. Check weep holes have been installed in the first horizontal course. With a 1.8m spirit level check for variations greater than 3mm in the QT EcoSeries Wall Panels, especially where panels butt together. If variations are found, take the appropriate remedial action eg. rasp to an acceptable level, or re-fix the offending panels. It is important to eliminate large variations, as they may appear under critical or glancing light conditions. If the internal lining has not yet been installed, advise the building supervisor that internal wall lining cannot be installed using nails as the knocking vibrations will transfer through the frame and crack the render coatings (hairline cracking). Hence internal lining must be screwed. After the inspection has been completed, application of the base coat can begin.

5.3 Application of a Polymer Modified Render Base Coat

Trowel an even coat of polymer-modified cement render over the entire QT EcoSeries Wall Panel, embed QT FullMesh into the wet Render, overlapping joints by 100mm minimum. Allow to firm and then screed and or float to a flat and level finish. The purpose of this coat is to even out the substrate and the porosity of the QT EcoSeries Wall Panel. 150mm wide x 300mm long strips of QT 45° Mesh are also required to be set into the base coat at 45° angle across the corner of all windows and door openings into wet render. Do not render or texture over control joints. The above is a generic guide only. Refer to the proprietary coating manufacturer’s instructions for a detailed description of application. Any proprietary coating system specified must meet or exceed the performance criteria of the BCA.

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2.0 Benefits

The many benefits of using Hebel PowerBlocks include:

Solid and strong:

Hebel PowerBlocks are made from Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (AAC), a strong, solid masonry building material with the advantage of being 25% the weight of conventional concrete.

Acoustic Performance:

Significantly reduced sound transmission from room-to-room.

Thermal Resistance:

Unique thermal properties result in a more stable inside temperature, reducing the energy
required to heat and cool your home, thereby reducing energy bills.

Environmentally friendly:

73% less embodied energy and 61% less greenhouse gas emissions than comparative masonry products*.

*Source: LCA Report GECA 2006

Fire Protection:

Non-combustible blocks with frameless construction deliver superior fire resistance. Hebel PowerBlock systems also allow you to build right up to your boundary line.

Pest resistance:

Not a food source for termites or vermin and no cavity construction eliminates the chance of harbouring pests.

Design Freedom:

Hebel PowerBlock Wall Systems provide absolute freedom to design and build your ultimate dream home – without compromise.

Technical Support:

Competent technical support through Hebel distributors.

Energy Efficiency

The unique combination of thermal resistance and thermal mass make building with Hebel a smart choice for meeting Australia’s stringent building regulations.

The thermal performance of a building depends on a number of factors such as orientation and size and aspect of windows. The R-Value of walls and floors can significantly affect the energy-rating outcome of dwellings. A 250mm Hebel PowerBlock has 3 times the R-Value of a cavity brick wall (BCA Vol. 2 Figure 3.12.1.3). The use of Hebel in walls and floors will provide increased thermal performance that can allow more flexibility with other design aspects of a building.

The thermal efficiency of Hebel systems will also reduce the reliance on heating and cooling appliances. The combined effects of running a heater less in winter and fans or air conditioning less in summer can have a big impact on energy costs and the environment.

Single Skin Construction

The AAC masonry constructed from Hebel PowerBlock products is called “Plain Masonry” and the blocks are masonry units referred to as a “Solid Unit”. The type of solid unit is “Autoclaved aerated concrete masonry unit” complying with AS/NZS 4455 – Masonry Units and Segment Pavers.

The larger face dimension and being a single skin, Hebel PowerBlock walls are erected quickly when compared to double brick construction.

Image 2.1:  Hebel PowerBlock home

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5.0 Acoustic

Table 5.1 provides acoustic performance levels for PowerBlock walls. For alternatives and composite wall construction, Table 3.2 are acoustic performance for PowerBlock systems.

Table 5.1:  Acoustic Performance

PowerBlock Thickness Rw Rw+ Ctr
100 38 35
150 42 40
250 45 42

Values for PowerBlock only, no linings.

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8.0 System Components

Products

Hebel stocks many of the products and materials required to construct your Hebel home.

Product Description Product Description
  Hebel Thermoblocks

50mm – 300mm (25mm
increments)

Hebel Adhesive
20 kg bag

Used for gluing
the blocks together
at vertical and
horizontal joints

 

Sill blocks

600x200x50mm
thick or 100mm
thick, 30º slope

 

PowerFloor Panels

1800mm x 600mm x 75mm

Hebel Mortar 20 kg bag

Used as thick bed
mortar base to
provide a level
base for the
first course

  Custom PowerFloor
Panels

150mm – 250mm x 600mm
by up to 6m

Hebel Lintels

To suit openings
up to 5m

Hebel HighBuild
render 20kg bag

Used as a preparation
coat to level surface
providing an even
true surface

 

Stair treads

300mm x 175mm x 1m or 1.2m

Control joint tie

Used at every
third course in
control joints

Hebel Patch
10kg bag

Used to prepare
minor chips or
damage to blocks

 

Sliding joint tie

Fixed to RHS/SHS
column every
second course

 

Corrosion Protection Paint

To coat exposed
reinforcement during cutting

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10.0 Tools & Equipment for Construction

Hebel PowerBlocks can be laid using construction tools/equipment.

String Line – A string line is required to accurately set out and lay Hebel PowerBlock Walls.

Brick/Blocklaying Profiles – used to gauge the block course are being laid level.

Mixing Bucket – a minimum 20 litre bucket is required for mixing Hebel Mortar, Hebel Adhesive and Hebel HighBuild render.

Electric Drill – an electric drill is required to mix the Hebel Mortar, Hebel Adhesive and Hebel HighBuild render. It is also used to drill clearance holes in the blocks so they can be placed over the tied down rods where required.

Stirrer – fitted to the electric drill, the stirrer is used to mix the Hebel Mortar, Hebel Adhesive and Hebel HighBuild render inside the mixing bucket.

Notched Trowel – the notched trowel is used to apply the Hebel Adhesive to the Hebel surfaces. The width of the trowel must match the block thickness to ensure the adhesive is applied with full and even coverage.

Rubber Mallet – a rubber mallet is required to ‘tap’ the Hebel PowerBlocks onto the adhesive and into place.

Spirit Level – required to install the blocks level and plumb.

Hand Saw – a Hebel handsaw can be used to cut Hebel PowerBlocks to length and height.

Powered Bandsaw – a bandsaw is ideal for cutting Hebel PowerBlocks. (perfect when there are many site cuts to be performed).

Hebel Square – a purpose built square is available for use when marking and cutting Hebel PowerBlocks.

Steel, Plastic and Timber Trowels – these trowels may be required for the installation of the Highbuild render and texture coatings.

Sanding Float – used to even out inconsistencies in the Hebel PowerBlock Wall in preparation for render/texture coats.

Hebel Hand Router – may be used to chase services into solid Hebel walls.

Circular Saw – (fitted with a diamond blade) may be used to chase services into solid Hebel walls.

Electric Router – may be used to chase services into solid Hebel walls.

Crane – may be required to lift large Hebel Lintels and Hebel custom floor panels.

Lifting Grabs – required for use in conjunction with crane for lifting Hebel lintels and custom floor panels.

Scaffold – Scaffold is required when building block walls. The amount of scaffold depends on the height of the walls.

Sealant Gun – required to fill the control joints in the Hebel PowerBlock Walls.

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15.0 Construction Details – Tie-down

Required only if specified by design /project engineer

Fig 15.1:  Strip Footing, Double Brick Sub-Floor

 

Fig 15.2:  Strip Footing, Concrete PowerBlock Sub-Floor

Tie down rods/engineering restraints must be embedded into the footing and pass up through the sub floor and into the Hebel PowerBlock work.

Table 15.1 Top-Plate & Hold-Down selection

Wind
Classification
Top Plate & Hold-Down
Tile Roof Sheet Roof
N1 A / B / C B / C
N2 A / B / C D / F
N3 D / F D / F
N4 D / F D / F
N5 E / G E / G
N6 E / G E / G
C1 D / F D / F
C2 E / G E / G
C3 E / G E / G
C4 G G
Legend
A 90×45 F7 timber top plate / 700mm deep strap @ 1200mm ctrs.
B 90×45 F17 timber top plate / 1700mm deep strap @ 2400mm ctrs
C 90×45 F17 timber top plate / Ф12mm rod @ 2400mm ctrs
D 90×45 F17 timber top plate / Ф12mm rod @ 1200mm ctrs.
E 90×45 F17 timber top plate / Ф12mm rod @ 900mm ctrs.
F 100x50x3.0 RHS top plate / Ф12mm rod @ 2400mm ctrs
G 100x50x3.0 RHS top plate / Ф12mm rod @ 1200mm ctrs.

 

Fig 15.3 Hold Down Detail for Reinforced Bracing Walls

Table 15.2 provides ultimate racking capacities of reinforced 150mm and 250mm Hebel PowerBlock walls. The reinforcement is N12 bar or 12mm threaded rod at nominal 1000mm centres. The reinforcement must be tied to the footings and wall top plate through the bond beam. Walls resisting racking forces should be evenly distributed within a house and spaced at a maximum of 8.0m. Ceiling and floor diaphragms must be adequately tied to walls to ensure transfer of forces through to the footings.For more information about bracing, refer to Section 6.11 of the Hebel Technical Manual.

Fig 15.4 Roof Top to Plate Fixing to Hebel Wall – Strap (elevation)

Top Plate Hold-Down

Two tie-down methods are provided in this design guide.

1. Strap – 30×0.8mm cut into inside face of external wall min. 700mm deep.
2. 12mm threaded rod continuous from footing through bond beam to top plate.

Fig 15.5 Roof Top Plate Fixing to Hebel Wall-Tie-Down Rod (elevation)

Three top plates options are provided in this design guide:

1. 90×45 F7 timber
2. 90×45 F17 timber
3. 100x50x3.0 RHS

The type of hold-down method and spacing depends on the top plate, roof type/span, and wind classification. Refer to Table 15.1 for specifications. For high wind areas, the bracing design is likely to require tie-down rods which will drive that as the hold-down method.

Table  15.2 Reinforced Wall – N12 Bars at Nom. 1000mm CTRS

Wall Length
(mm)
Min. No. of
N12 Bars
Ultimate Racking Capacity (kN)
150mm PowerBlock 250mm PowerBlock
900 2 5 6
1200 2 8 8
1800 3 16 18
2400 3 24 25
3000 4 36 38
3600 5 45 46
4800 6 54 56
6000 7 63 66

Base of Wall

Fig 15.6 Hebel PowerBlock work on Stiffened Raft Slab Edge Foundation (elevation)

 

Fig 15.7  Concrete PowerBlock Sub-Floor Detail (elevation)

 

Fig 15.8  Double Brick Sub-Floor Detail (elevation)

 

Fig 15.9 Ring Beam Internal Non-Loadbearing Wall (elevation) (No tie down – as specified by design engineer)

 

Top of Wall

Fig 15.10 Roof Top Plate Fixing to Hebel Wall – Tie-Down Rod ( elevation)

 

Fig 15.11 Internal Hebel Load Bearing Wall and Timber Floor Frame Junction (elevation)

Wall Junctions

Fig 15.12  External Wall and Internal Partition Wall Junction  (plan)

 

Fig 15.13  External Corner with Control Joint (plan)

Control Joints

Fig 15.14 Control Joint detail (elevation)

 

Fig 15.15 Typical Bond Beam Control Joint – elevation (Location where no tie down required – as specified by engineer)

 

Fig 15.16 Typical Ring Beam Control Joint – elevation (Location where no tie down required – as specified by engineer)

 

Fig 15.17 Typical Control Joint – plan

 

Fig 15.18 Hebel PowerBlock work Typical Movement Joint Detail (elevation)

 

Fig 15.19 Hebel PowerBlock work Typical Movement Joint Detail (plan)

 

Fig 15.20 Built-in Column Detail (plan)

 

Fig 15.21 Built-in Column Detail (elevation)

 

PLEASE NOTE:
For all other design details (eg. door, window, floor panels) please follow the previous construction details in Section 14.0)

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