AAC – Providing Sustainable Building Solutions

AAC is a material of choice for sustainable construction. Strong but lightweight and easy-to-use, for outdoor and indoor purposes, it is made from naturally occurring materials that can be found in abundance. This presentation focuses on how AAC can be used to provide sustainable low energy homes and buildings, using the materials inherent properties of thermal insulation, airtightness, durability, fire resistance and thermal mass. AAC is used in many different formats from cavity to solid walls using masonry units and reinforced elements and components. Recent innovations include products that can be used to refurbish existing buildings. AAC can also make a positive contribution during its lifetime by taking CO2 out of the environment in use. In addition, the material has important characteristics associated with end of building life that can make a positive benefit to the Life Cycle Analysis and Circular Economy.

Dr Clifford Fudge BSc DSc hon CEng FIStuctE FIMS

Clifford Fudge is a Chartered Structural Engineer and was until recently Group Innovation Manager for H+H International AS (manufacturers of AAC masonry products), and Technical Director of H+H UK Limited overseeing R&D, technical support services and marketing. His current role is as Director of External Affairs. He is Vice President of EAACA, the European AAC Association, Chairman of the European Masonry Alliance and Past President of the International Masonry Society. His 38 years of service with H+H UK Limited has resulted in a wide- ranging experience with AAC masonry and precast concrete products, both in their design, production and their applications.