Benefits of Hebel for Commercial and Industrial projects

Strong and solid

Hebel panels are a lightweight construction material compared with most other forms of concrete. Its density is low – a quarter of concrete’s, yet at the same time has good compressive strength. Hebel panels can be used for external walls, internal walls and floors without the construction drawbacks of concrete and brickwork.

The value of Hebel’s strength and solidity combined with ease of construction shines through in its commercial application for intertenancy, corridor, shaft and services walls – perfectly suited for hotels and student accommodation. Hebel delivers the ‘solid wall advantage’ for developers and investors, increasing market potential and return for a minimal initial investment. Hebel walls feel solid when you knock on them, can’t be cut through with a knife and overall provide a quality long-term investment.

For hotels and student accommodation the solid wall advantage of Hebel over all plasterboard systems can increase market potential and return for a minimal initial investment.

For commercial and industrial projects, Hebel steel reinforced AAC panels provide solidity without the buildability complexity of other masonry products and concrete.

Independent tests show that a rendered Hebel wall has a similar impact resistance to brick, making it a great modern alternative to traditional brick

Fast construction times

Hebel systems go up quickly and easily which is why so many developers and construction companies rely on them to keep control of their project schedules and costs.

  • Delivery of Hebel PowerPanels and construction of the Hebel wall leaf isn’t held up waiting for windows to go in because wet or damp conditions don’t affect the Hebel panels during installation
  • Hebel PowerPanel wall construction is the fire-rated element making compliance easy
  • Service penetrations installation and compliance is easy, with minimised rework
  • Plasterboard linings aren’t required to go past the ceiling for NZBC (NZ Building Code) fire-rating compliance
  • Ceiling frames can be installed either before or after linings
  • One trade can install the whole wall system
  • Hebel wall systems don’t require fire-rated GPOs and dampers are connected to Hebel PowerPanel wall leaf only.

Risk minimisation

Hebel systems provide a solid foundation for risk minimisation in design and construction. They are tested, well proven and designed to achieve fire and acoustic rating compliance easily. Combining the non-combustible property of the Hebel PowerPanel with advanced system designs, CSR Hebel delivers high value cost effective solutions that significantly reduce the number of fire and acoustic risk points in construction.

Easy fire-rating compliance

Hebel systems are designed to make fire-rating compliance simple and easy. Hebel panels are non-combustible and walls such as shaft, services, corridor and intertenancy, the PowerPanel wall leaf is the fire-rated element. Similar to acoustic quality control, Hebel systems are considered the easiest for installing and fire-sealing services penetrations.

Easy acoustic compliance

For hotels and student accommodation, the simplicity of Hebel systems and the fact that the plasterboard lining only needs to go to the ceiling means acoustic compliance is easy compared with other types of wall systems. This is especially the case with the numerous services penetrations in which need to be fire and acoustic sealed. With the Hebel systems you can see where it is, what it is and what you’re dealing with.

Maximised floorspace

Hebel wall systems have been developed with floorspace in mind. The intertenancy wall system for concealed services on one side is one of the narrowest system on the market at just -185mm wide. This means greater design flexibility and more gross sellable floorspace.

Design efficiency

Hebel wall systems cut through complexity in specification because the systems are simple. For internal wall systems only two types of plasterboard lining need to be considered for each system – standard or moisture resistant. This streamlines the design process and minimises the potential for error.

Product versatility

The Hebel PowerPanel is used across the full range of internal wall systems – as well as balcony blades and facades. Each stage of a project benefits from this versatility – in design, estimating, procurement, delivery, handling, installation and certification.

This versatility also applies to wall heights and fire-rating levels. At its base system level the single mesh tongue and groove PowerPanel is suitable for applications with fire ratings up to 90 minutes for wall heights to 3.3 metres. When higher fire ratings up to 2 hours for vertical wall heights up to 4.65 metres are needed, caged tongue and groove PowerPanel steps in. What’s more, PowerPanel caged tongue and groove can be installed horizontally to a maximum panel length of 4800mm and to an unlimited height without the need for thin bed adhesive at the panel joints.

High sustainability values

Independent testing shows that overall, Hebel has a 30% lower environmental impact than concrete or brick veneer. Hebel panels use 60% less embodied energy and produces 55% less greenhouse emissions compared to concrete or brick veneer, making it a more sustainable, environmentally friendly choice of building material.

Superior insulation qualities

Hebel panels have superior insulation qualities compared to other masonry products and concrete – a far better material choice for reducing heating and cooling loads on buildings.


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