Ytong low energy block: a sustainable building block for thin joint constructions

Ytong low energy block: a sustainable building block for thin joint constructions
Ytong low energy blocks have unrivalled insulating properties and are used to construct internal partition walls and load bearing external walls. The dimensional accuracy of Ytong blocks make them ideal for use with thin joint mortar.

With Ytong low energy blocks, Xella sets the new standard for energy efficient, solid building; load bearing aerated concrete blocks with excellent thermal properties (till-lambda 0.07).

 

The Ytong low energy block is not only highly thermally efficient it is also highly sustainable. In all stages of its life cycle: during the extraction of base materials, during production, while being used and finally when recycled. Thin joint construction is a recognised method of building masonry walls which replaces conventional 10mm cement-sand mortar joints with a 2-3 millimetre joint. Thin joint has been used in Europe for more than 40 years and is nowgrowing in popularity in the UK due to the availability of aircrete blocks which are manufactured to the exacting tolerances required such as Ytong.  Furthermore due to both stricter building and environmental regulations the benefits of this quick, easy and highly effective building method will become more and more apparent.

 

Buildings constructed using thin joint make it possible to optimise the thermal performance of a building and minimise the CO2 emissions over the building’s entire lifespan. To help achieve all of these benefits the dimensional accuracy of the blocksis extremely important . All Ytong blocks are produced with upmost care for dimensional accuracy and are therefore suitable for thin joint construction.