Hollow Blocks in Cebu are probably the most commonly used lightweight concrete block when it comes to construction. This is because of their lightweight nature and price.
However, the former Big Brother Pinoy winner turned Eco-Entrepreneur Slater Young has over the last 24 months slowly but surely changed the construction landscape in Cebu and the Philippines with a new kind of concrete block.
His patented lightweight concrete block Liteblock is slowly but surely becoming the preferred construction block due to some pretty clear advantages:
Autoclaved aerated concrete has bee around since the 1920s and was pioneered by a Swedish architect and inventor Dr. Johan Axel Eriksson.
AAC offers many distinct advantages over concreted blocks, one of the major things being it’s eco-friendly.
- The thermal efficiency helps to reduce heat and cold in buildings.
- It’s very porous in nature which means it’s very fire resistant
- It’s extremally workable when it come to accurate cutting, which minimizes waste.
- Being Lightweight Autoclaved aerated concrete saves costs on energy and also transportation,
- Liteblock is a larger size block which means faster masonry work.
- It’s estimated to reduce the cost of the project by more than 10%
- Liteblock saves on energy it’s a great property that makes it very insulator which in turn means the interior is easy to maintain.
- Fire resistant: Like normal concrete, Autoclaved aerated concrete is fire resistant.
- It has great ventilation properties: Liteblock is extremely airy and reduces humidity within the building. An ACC Hollow Block will absorb allot of moisture whilst releasing humidity.
- Liteblock is Non-toxic: No toxic gases are used in autoclaved aerated concrete blocks. It does not attract rodents kike rats or other pests like termites and can’t be damaged by vermin and insects.
- Lightweight Concrete blocks made out of ACC weigh about one-sixth of typical concrete blocks.
- Long lasting concrete blocks: The lifespan of LITEBLOCKS is extended compared to traditional hollow blocks because Liteblock is not affected by a harsh climate or indeed extreme changes in weather conditions.
- Liteblock is very quick to assemble: as they are a lightweight material and very easy to work with, the assembly is much quicker.
How Is Liteblock Manufactured?
Aerated Concrete is a form of a lightweight pre-cast concrete block that has air bubbles running throughout the material this generates the low-density lightweight concrete block in an autoclave oven environment.
This makes a Hollow Block that is manageable and can even be cut with a saw and drilling is easy. Because of this, the concrete block must be tested for compression and moisture. The Liteblock concrete block can be used on walls, floors, roofs, and even lintels.
Properties of Liteblock Aerated Concrete Blocks
Aerated concrete blocks are solid lightweight concrete blocks joined together with a mortar and then reinforced with steel rods for additional support. Liteblock AAC blocks have high insulation values and give good soundproofing and this means, they are used in top-level construction.
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10 Tips From George Our Plumber From Cebu
As you may well know we travel to the Philippines every year for the last eight or so years. Over that time we have met some wonderful people that we now class as very close friends.
One, in particular, is George Lumpa a local plumber from the island of Cebu. We first met George 5 years ago on a 3 month trip to the Philippine Islands. We had not been to Cebu and it was on our bucket list of islands to visit.
We met George and his family in a local restaurant and from there over our stay in Cebu George and his family became good friends.
So outside of forming a firm friendship, George passed onto us his ten most valuable plumbing tips from a Cebu Plumber for your household.
1. Fix leaking faucets quickly; a leaking faucet can waste gallons of water in a matter of hours.
2. Make sure you Insulate your electric hot-water store tank and also the pipes, but be very mindful not to cover up the thermostat.
3. Insulate both your gas and oil hot-water storage tanks and in addition, your pipes, do not to cover the water heating top or bottom; if you are not sure you need to seek professional help.
4. Install non-aerating low flowing faucets and in addition shower heads, in order to save on your water bill
5. Most water heaters last 10-20 years, it would be a good idea to start shopping for a new one if yours is more than 8 years old.
6. You may want to do some research before your water heater fails will allow you to choose one that most appropriately meets your needs.
7. Turn down the thermostat on your water heater – water heaters allot of the time come from the factory with high-temperature settings
8. Your water heater setting of 110°F should provide enough hot water for most families.
9. Make sure you drain a quarter of the water from your water tank every 2 months to remove sediment that stops heat transfer and lowers the performance of your heater.
10. When you heat with electricity and abode in hot and humid climate, consider putting in a solar water heater.