NRG Fencing

NRG Fencing looks great, its sturdy profile and attractive appearance will give any development that distinctive architectural appearance. No more costly strip footings and engaged pier construction.

NRG Fencing has less than ten components are lightweight and easily to handle. It can be purchased in kit form or erected by our skilled team of tradespeople.

NRG Fencing is finished off with stylish and decorative Hebel post caps, top rail and post capping moulds and finished with a decorative textured paint.

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NRG Greenboard Energy Efficient Wall Cladding System

NRG Greenboard is an insulative walling system suitable for external cladding of timber or steel framed buildings as well as solid concrete and masonry walls. The system provides a weather resistant, seam free rendered finish in a wide range of textures and colours.

Design Freedom, NRG Greenboard -Curved walls, rounded corners, embossed patterns, raised wall areas, mouldings and other architectural features are simple to achieve and economically viable with the versatile NRG Energy Efficient Wall Cladding System.

Additional Benefits:

  • Sound Insulation – 60mm Greenboard (Rw 35, Ctr – 6)
  • Environmentally Friendly – Recyclable, Re-usable Products.
  • Insect Repellent
  • Flame Retardant

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Thermal Resistance of an Insulation Sample (BRANZ)

BRANZ’s agreement with its Client in relation to this report contains the following terms and conditions in relation to Liability and Indemnification.

a. Limitation and Liability

  1. BRANZ undertakes to exercise due care and skill in the performance of the Services and accepts liability to the Client only in cases of proven negligence.
  2. Nothing in this Agreement shall exclude or limit BRANZ’s liability to a Client for death or personal injury or for fraud or any other matter resulting from BRANZ’s negligence for which it would be illegal to exclude or limit its liability.
  3. BRANZ is neither an insurer nor a guarantor and disclaims all liability in such capacity. Clients seeking a guarantee against loss or damage should obtain appropriate insurance.
  4. Neither BRANZ nor any of its officers, employees, agents or subcontractors shall be liable to the Client nor any third party for any actions taken or not taken on the basis of any Output nor for any incorrect results arising from unclear, erroneous, incomplete, misleading or false information provided to BRANZ.
  5. BRANZ shall not be liable for any delayed, partial or total non-performance of the Services arising directly or indirectly from any event outside BRANZ’s control including failure by the Client to comply with any of its obligations hereunder.
  6. The liability of BRANZ in respect of any claim for loss, damage or expense of any nature and howsoever arising shall in no circumstances exceed a total aggregate sum equal to 10 times the amount of the fee paid in respect of the specific service which gives rise to such claim or NZD$50,000 (or its equivalent in local currency), whichever is the lesser.
  7. BRANZ shall have no liability for any indirect or consequential loss (including loss of profits).
  8. In the event of any claim the Client must give written notice to BRANZ within 30 days of discovery of the facts alleged to justify such claim and, in any case, BRANZ shall be discharged from all liability for all claims for loss, damage or expense unless legal.

proceedings are commenced in respect of the claim within one year from:

  • The date of performance by BRANZ of the service which gives rise to the claim;

or

  • The date when the service should have been completed in the event of any alleged non-performance.

b.  Indemnification: The Client shall guarantee, hold harmless and indemnify BRANZ and its officers, employees, agents or subcontractors against all claims (actual or threatened) by any third party for loss, damage or expense of whatsoever nature including all legal expenses and related costs and howsoever arising relating to the performance, purported performance or nonperformance, of any Services.

c.  Without limiting clause b above, the Client shall guarantee, hold harmless and indemnify BRANZ and its officers, employees, agents or subcontractors against all claims (actual or threatened) by any party for loss, damage or expense of whatsoever nature including all legal expenses and related costs arising out of:

  1. any failure by the Client to provide accurate and sufficient information to BRANZ to perform the Services;
  2. any misstatement or misrepresentation of the Outputs, including Public Outputs;
  3. any defects in the Products the subject of the Services; or
  4. any changes, modifications or alterations to the Products the subject of the Services.

Thermal Resistance of an Insulation Sample

1. CLIENT

NRG Building Systems Pty Ltd, 30 Binary Street, Yatala, QLD 4207, Australia.

2. DESCRIPTION OF TEST EQUIPMENT

The test equipment used was a LaserComp Fox 600 heat flow meter.  The specimen for testing is placed horizontally in the apparatus, with upwards heat flow.  The hot and cold plates each have a 250 mm x 250 mm heat flux transducer embedded in their surface.  The edges of the specimen are insulated from the room ambient temperature.

3. PROCEDURE

The specimen was supplied by the client and consisted of  one piece of  light greenpolystyrene.  The dimensions of the sample were 595 x 595 mm.  It was tested at itsactual thickness, to the requirements of ASTM C518-04.

4. RESULTS

These measurements comply with the requirements of ASTM C518. The uncertainty in the measurements of thermal conductivity and thermal resistance are estimated to be ± 3%.

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Hebel Coating Systems for a Perfect Finish

Hebel has worked closely with Dulux AcraTex to develop a total system for each market segment – all tested in the market place and strongly supported by both companies.

Given the variability of some coatings – not all are what they claim to be – customers can be confident that when they choose Hebel coatings they have been correctly formulated to a consistent recipe.

Dulux is the most recognized brand of paint and coating systems in Australia. They manufacture and distribute a wide range of quality products, with over 230 outlets around Australia.

The Hebel and Dulux AcraTex relationship is an industry first alliance, delivering true integration of substrate and coatings to ensure lasting performance.

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Meeting the new Bushfire Standard

March 2009, In light of the recent bushfires that devastated parts of regional Victoria, building standards have been revised to better protect communities and ensure homes are built to incorporate improved fire protection.

Introduced in Victoria on March 11, 2009, the new Australian Standards have been defined under six Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) categories from low to extreme risk. New homes will be required to have external walls constructed from non-combustible material. Hebel from CSR is one material that will comply with the new standards.

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CSR Building Products takes a stand on Bush Fire Shelters

While the intent of the Bushfire Construction code is to limit property loss & loss of life due to bushfires, it can not ensure the survival of property or people when exposed to bushfire events.  Compliance with AS3959-2009 will delay and in most cases reduce the likelihood of ignition during a bushfire, however it remains to be seen if these standards will result in a reduction in the loss of property and life when the most extreme bush fires strike such as those that ravaged Victoria in February 2009.

In the event that the main dwelling is constructed to comply with AS3959-2009, there is a small but significant risk that the internal conditions within the main dwelling may not provide suitable environment for the duration of the bushfire exposure conditions, for example the likelihood of ingress of smoke into the dwelling is high due to the many door and window openings in a conventional house.

One area that has not been resolved or legislated is the concept of individual Bush Fire shelters for people living in bushfire prone areas. There has been discussion at the recent royal commission into community bush fire shelters but this is not a practical solution for everyone living in remote and rural areas mostly due to the increased risk of traveling to the shelter location.  Add to this the controversial issue (which has sparked much public debate) of Stay and Defend your property, or leave early and evacuate (Stay or Go) and you have a topic which seems unlikely to be resolved in the short term.

The reality is some people will choose to stay and defend their property. There will also be families who simply will not be able to evacuate due to the tyranny of distance and rural roads that are not adequate for mass evacuations before a fire strikes.  In these cases people need better protection than what is currently available.

In the first two weeks after black Saturday CSR Hebel receive numerous calls from people asking if they could design and build a bush fire shelter from Hebel PowerBlock and Panels. The reason for this says Hebels Marketing Manager Paul Mooney Hebel has long being known for its thermal, acoustic and Fire properties, it simply will not burn and provides an outstanding barrier against the intense heat from a bushfire.  Many people that were familiar with Hebels excellent fire ratings immediately made the connection, Hebel is the ideal choice.

CSR then set about designing and engineering a Bush Fire shelter which could provide protection during the short yet intense conditions of a bush fire.  An independent fire engineering consultant assisted CSR to define the exposure conditions that a shelter would have to withstand along with the internal conditions required to provide a tenable environment. CSR then proceeded to design a shelter to meet these requirements, the final design is a simple structure using 200mm Hebel PowerBlock and 150mm Hebel Roof Panels.  All components used in the shelter are non combustible and have been tested in accordance AS 1530.4.

It should be noted that due to the extreme and unpredictable nature of bushfires and human behavior in a bush fire, a bushfire shelter is design to increase the chances of survival during a bushfire.  An extract from CSR’s specification reads:
In many cases there may be NO SAFE PLACE when a bushfire is imminent in the immediate local area and late evacuation is considered more dangerous than staying with your property. When a Stay and Defend decision has been made, the bushfire shelter is designed to provide an improved level of safety for occupants.

If people decide to stay then they should have a shelter that has been design to withstand the conditions said Mooney. While the shelter can not be guaranteed to prevent loss of life due to many variable factors such as human behavior for example, it has been designed and engineered to improve the level of safety in bush fire conditions.

Just a few weeks after February bushfires it emerged that a house in Steels Creek VIC built using Hebel PowerBlock survived the bushfire.  The story was printed on the front page of The Age newspaper in Melbourne.  The phones started to ring again said Mooney. This was not the first time it had happened either.  A fire in California destroyed an entire hill side community, leaving just one house (constructed from Hebel PowerBlock) surrounded by charred vacant lots.

It is important to note that Hebel is only one piece of the puzzle.  The main danger of building ignition is presented by embers and wind pressure penetrating openings. Hebel will not burn but must be used in conjunction with a complete bush fire resistant building design and bush fire action plan.

Hebel PowerBlocks and panels are non combustible and construction systems using Hebel have been tested at CSIRO to achieve excellent fire ratings.  Also known as Autoclaved Aerated Concrete this unique material delivers the right balance between thermal insulation and mass being used by a growing number of builders and architects in Australia for nearly 20 years and in Europe for over 60 years.

CSRs first response was to support a small number of people who lost their homes and were not adequately covered by insurance.

CSR has teamed up with Habitat for Humanity Australia (HFHA), a not-for-profit home ownership organisation project to help rebuild homes for families affected by the Victorian bushfires,  Leading brands from CSR such as Bradford Insulation, Gyprock plasterboard, Cemintel fibre cement and Hebel, have all donated enough product to rebuild 12 homes. CSRs suppliers have also assisted by proving accessories, transport and storage for the materials.  These suppliers include Faststud, Bremick Fasteners, Christensen Engineering, Ardex, Wettenhalls Transport and Dulux.

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Hebel Accent adds New Flair for Walls

Hebel is a remarkable building material ideally suited to commercial, industrial civil and residential construction where lightweight materials are preferred. One quarter the weight of standard masonry, Hebel panels can be installed with expressed joints or rendered to provide a monolithic look.

Hebel Accent has already been employed in external facade projects, internal feature walls and roadside sound barriers with some amazing architectural and artistic effects being achieved.

“Hebel Accent provides the design freedom to take an idea and recreate it on a grand scale using just one wall element, eliminating the need for expensive precast moulds and without being restricted to repeat panels” says Paul Mooney, National Marketing Manager for Hebel.

“The routing capability can produce just about any design from simple geometric shapes and contours to large scale, free-flowing designs on an entire building facade. The ability to rout to varying depths also allows for replication of a sculpted look”, says Paul.

For those looking for a quick and easy way to include Hebel Accent on a project, Hebel has a number of standard designs available at an economical square metre routing cost.

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Energy Efficient Home

BERS Pro Results for the Single Storey House in East Brisbane/East Gold Coast.

Hebel PowerBlock is the traditional, premium AAC building system that caters for frameless, loadbearing construction for homes with exceptional performance.

Hebel PowerBlocks and thick floor panels provide all the benefits of solid construction while substantially improving the comfort and living qualities of the home.

The unique properties of Hebel Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (AAC) Blocks deliver over three times the thermal resistance of double brick while blocking and absorbing sound from outside and between rooms.

By building with Hebel PowerBlocks, you are using a building material with lower embodied energy and greenhouse gas emissions compared to standard masonry.

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Hebel PowerClad – changing the way builders think about cladding

Hebel PowerClad is a revolutionary cladding system using 1350mm and 1800mm steel-reinforced AAC panels simply glued and screwed to an adjustable channel system to provide a flat surface for a beautiful render finish.

Hebel PowerClad has been designed for homes built using either timber or steel framing and can be used in new dwelling construction, second storey additions, extensions and for re-cladding.

The system consists of 75mm thick steel-reinforced Hebel PowerClad Panels, installed horizontally and secured to Hebel PowerClad Channels. The channels are secured to the frame using PowerClad brackets.

Benefits

  • Easy to handle and install, 2 people can position with no lifting device required.
  • Fire resistant, with a fire rating of up to 90 minutes, meaning you can build up to the boundary line.
  • An 1800mm PowerClad panel is equivalent in area to 53 bricks and takes a fraction of the time to put in place.
  • Easily worked with standard tools.
  • Not a food source for termites or vermin.
  • Better thermal efficiency than brick veneer or even double brick, resulting in reduced heating and cooling costs.

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New Research confirms Thermal Boost with Hebel PowerFloor

As adherence to deemed to satisfy energy efficiency provisions in the BCA gets more complex, new research conducted by CSR Hebel has established clarity around the application of different flooring systems to meet these requirements.

This research was conducted on suspended ground flooring systems and compared the heating and cooling loads of Hebel’s autoclaved aerated concrete PowerFloor to the commonly used particleboard floors with foil. The research found that on average PowerFloor used 18.4% less energy to heat the building in a location like Brisbane  compared to particleboard with foil, while using 6.4% less energy to cool the building in a location like Canberra compared to particleboard with foil.*

All research, administered by independent auditor Ecospecifier Pty Ltd using the Accurate simulation models, confirmed PowerFloor to be a significantly superior thermal product than particleboard for suspended flooring, adding to meet BCA deemed to satisfy provisions.

Hebel’s PowerFloor is sold as a complete flooring solution for one and two storey double brick and block homes, offering thermal performance and also acoustic benefits which are particularly important for buffering noise transference between ground and first floors.  The unique benefits of acoustic and thermal insulation along with thermal mass make it an ideal solution where comfort and energy efficiency are a priority.

Hebel PowerFloor steel reinforced panels are easily installed over timber or steel joists to give an excellent base for just about any floor covering.  Panel lengths are designed to suit standard joist spacing which means there is minimal wastage on site. Quick to install, Hebel PowerFloor allows other trades to follow in 24 hours and is not affected by weather during installation.

A Good Choice

All of CSR Hebel’s products and systems have been awarded the Good Environmental Choice Australia Label (GECA). To qualify for the GECA endorsement, Hebel products and systems were assessed against the GECA 8-2005 Environmentally Innovative Products Standard. The assessment found Hebel products and systems have significantly reduced environmental loads of at least 30 per cent over their lifecycle.

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