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Alternatives to Wood

Wood is still the predominant material for creating the shell of a house, but a number of builders have abandoned wood in favor of a variety of newer materials. Autoclaved Aerated concrete (AAC) Some builders have switched to blocks made from autoclaved aerated concrete (AAC). AAC blocks take the place of a number of components used in a standard stick frame—wood, insulation, house wrap, and drywall—all in a single product. The result is a house that's fire-proof, mold-proof, insect resistant, hypoallergenic, sound-absorptive, and engineered to withstand hurricanes and earthquakes. AAC is an interesting product. Aluminum power added to a mix of sand, lime, water and cement creates a five-fold increase in volume while trapping insulating air bubbles. It's hardened in a mold and then processed in an autoclave to produce blocks 8 in. or 12 in. thick, 8 in. high, and 24 in. lo...

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