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Autoclaved Aerated Concrete

The Loxo® Panel System is an exterior wall cladding system that provides a lightweight, high-quality, and highly durable cladding solution perfectly suited to both residential and commercial applications.

The Loxo® Panel System comprises 50mm thick, steel reinforced panels manufactured from autoclaved aerated concrete. AAC lightweight reinforced panels are a trusted building material; they have been used in the building industry for several decades in Europe and for the last few decades in Australia and New Zealand.

With exterior coating solutions provided by Loxo® approved Coating Partners, the Loxo® Panel system is one of the most attractive and robust cladding systems on the market today.

Solid and Durable

Loxo® Panels pass the ‘knock test’ by consumers because they are a masonry product. Further to that, Loxo® panels are steel reinforced with corrosion protected steel adding to greater strength and security. The average mass of a 50mm thick Loxo® panel is less than 40kg, making it a convenient lightweight product, easily installed by a two-man installation process.

Comfortable Environment

The Loxo® Panel System is able to achieve very good R-Values as a result of the combination of Thermal Mass and Thermal Resistance. The R-Value can be related to the comfort levels within a dwelling. The greater the R-Value, the more comfortable the temperature will be within that dwelling. The Loxo® Panel System easily achieves the Thermal requirements as set out in the BCA (Refer James M. Fricker Pty Ltd – Report i372a, Dated 6/12/2011)

High fire resistance

Loxo® (being an AAC Material) is known for its high fire resistance. It will not combust in the event of fire and will not omit toxic gases. The Loxo® 50mm Panel System provides a Load Bearing FRL of 120/120/120 – (refer CSIRO Reports number FSV 1525A Cert. No: 2363A and Assessment Number FCO-2915 & FCO 2944). The Loxo® Panel System also complies with all six (Bush Fire Attack Level Categories (BAL) for external cladding.

Sound Acoustic Qualitie

The Loxo® Panel System provides acoustic performance levels equivalent to other masonry products that are twice as thick. Although the acoustic performance of residential external walls is not a requirement of the BCA, it is reassuring to know that acoustic performance is achieved when you use the Loxo® Panel System. (Refer KOIKAS Acoustics report 2156R20120302).

Sustainability

Loxo® has been awarded the Global Environmental label because it delivers a number of environmental benefits over bricks and concrete. A genuine assessment for a genuine building product.

Design flexibility and Appeal

Loxo® provides building designers the flexibility of utilising a masonry product in areas previously restricted to non masonry cladding products. Loxo® allows designers and consumers the ability to create that inspirational and contemporary look, with a large range of finishes and colours provided by our coating partners. With Loxo® the only limitation to your design is your imagination.

Speed of Construction

Loxo® panels are delivered flat packed in lots of 20 panels per pack for ease of workability, less labour and with considerable site cost savings. The speed of construction reaches key stages quickly. Loxo® means a safe and clean worksite with less clean-up at the completion of the project. Two men can easily install an average of 50m2 of panel per day.

What is Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (AAC)?

Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (AAC) is manufactured from cement, sand (silica), lime and water, it is aerated by adding an expanding agent to the mix (small amounts of aluminum paste). The mix is poured into a mould (a very large cake tin), to approximately 2/3 of the height of the mould, almost instantly the expanding agent reacts with the other elements, and the mix begins to rise in the mould. (A chemical reaction expands the mixture to form small, finely‐dispersed air bubbles).

The moulds are pre‐cured in a heated room for several hours. Then the semi ‐solid material (still in a green state) is transported to the cutting machine. The soft but semi-solid block is sliced into the required panel size using steel wires. Once sliced, the block is steam pressure cured in autoclaves for up to 12 hours. The expanding chemical reaction combined with the Autoclave process is what gives AAC it’s unique properties. AAC has excellent thermal insulation and acoustic absorption properties, it has superior fire resistance qualities and is also termite resistant.

Its properties and specifications satisfy all relevant building codes. Working with AAC is easy and efficient. AAC is both versatile and economical. AAC meets the diverse demands better than any other material due to the numerous advantages of its physical and mechanical
properties.