Big River Group is set to shake up the construction industry, launching MaxiWall; a new, cost-competitive Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (AAC), nationwide in Australia.
The national launch follows Big River Group’s acquisition of Adelaide Timber & Building Supplies (ATBS) earlier this year, and has ensured the product is available in every region. Previously, the MaxiWall brand was only available in South Australia.
ATBS is a specialised local timber and lightweight building products supplier that has enjoyed substantial growth and success with the MaxiWall brand over several years, primarily in the multi-residential and detached dwelling market. An entire MaxiWall exterior could be completed in a fraction of the time compared to rendered brick or block.
Jim Bindon, Managing Director of Big River Industries, says the cost-effective AAC heralds more masonry choice for builders and consumers, “The popularity of AAC in Australia has grown significantly since its introduction here 25 years ago and all market indicators suggest that this strong growth will continue. MaxiWall is a product of the future, and supported by Big River’s national distribution network including 11 outlets, we predict it will take a leading position in the Australian AAC market in the next three years.”
In Europe AAC has a long history of development, having been in use for more than 70 years. The applications for MaxiWall include Low-Rise External and Party Wall applications as well as Hi-Rise External and Internal Wall Systems. The use of MaxiWall panels leads to faster construction times and decreased site costs, as their light weight makes them safer to work with and easier to install, including cutting, shaving and shaping.
Bindon says it offers a more comfortable home living experience due to superior fire protection, insulation, and soundproofing qualities.
“With four times greater thermal resistance than standard house bricks, the amount of energy required to heat or cool is greatly reduced, and provides savings to homeowners. MaxiWall also has excellent acoustic insulation – up to seven decibels greater per surface area than other solid building materials of the same weight. This is particularly important in multi-residential housing as well as semi-detached and terraced houses where soundproofing is critical.”
With an external render finish, MaxiWall is not affected by the harsh Australian climatic conditions. It is fire resistant and classified as a 100 per cent non-combustible building material. It is resistant to fire up to 1,200’C and achieves a two hour fire rating when installed with approved systems.
MaxiWall is also a pollutant free building material, sourced from world class production facilities using German technology and automated processes to ensure every MaxiWall panel is of optimum quality and consistency. By using reduced raw materials it helps reduce around 30 per cent of environmental waste compared to traditional concrete and 50 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions.
MaxiWall is fully compliant with current Australian Standards and has Australian Codemark Certification.
The registered brand is wholly owned and exclusively distributed in Australia by Big River Group.
The company is so committed to driving the growth of MaxiWall in Australia there is a dedicated technical hotline to assist with out of hours support.
For more information visit www.bigrivergroup.com.au