James Hardie pioneered the development of fibre cement in the early 1980s. One of the world’s leading fibre cement businesses, the success of Australia’s James Hardie Industries, is largely attributed to their decision to focus on the production of this superior building product.
About Fibre Cement:
Fibre cement products are a mixture of cellulose fibre, cement, ground sand and water.
James Hardie fibre cement building materials will not burn, are resistant to permanent water and termite damage, and, when installed as directed, resistant to rotting and warping.
Building materials can have a major impact on household energy costs. As well as being strong, durable and aesthetically pleasing, fibre cement is one of the most energy efficient materials on the market and it has one of the lowest embodied energy contents per square metre of cover of any building product.
Environmental benefits of fibre cement include:
· Environmental costs incurred by using fibre cement are 20 percent less than for example, typically using brick; Low embodied energy per m2 (Typically 20 percent lower than brick veneer construction).
· Requires less energy in assembly and construction than all other wall materials except timber; Low energy consumption in transportation and installation.
· Environmental costs relating to ozone layer depletion, carcinogenic substances and solid waste emissions are almost negligible; and Low environmental impact in relation to ozone layer depletion, carcinogenic substances, and solid waste emissions.
· No pesticides are involved in the manufacture or use of fibre cement.
The environmental philosophy applies equally to the manufacturing process of fibre cement with:
· Recycling the water used in production many times;
· Recycling solid wastes; and
· Using sustainable raw materials in production.
Fibre cement products are used extensively in renovations, commercial buildings and in the construction of new homes for the purposes of external cladding, internal lining, floors and walls, wet area lining (bathrooms), eaves, fire and acoustic walls, bracing, fencing and decorative elements.