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One of the final steps in the AAC building process is choosing one of many finishes. Stucco for exterior is highly recommended for not only look but cost and longevity of the AAC. Pictured above is a sample panel made entirely of AAC. As you can see, the border has been stuccoed in a fashion to look like wood beams. Being stucco it will not shrink, rot, or have need for costly maintenance as a normal wood finish would need.
Here is a picture of a fireplace rough-in constructed of AAC. There is a significant cost reduction in considering the use of AAC for fireplace construction when comparing the price for standard CMU rough-in (concrete, rebar, etc.).
Electrical lines are easily installed by using a plunge router to run lines to desired areas of the structure. After the lines are placed, the wiring is patched, textured, and than painted leaving only switches and outlets exposed. Having such a high melting point reduces chance for electrical fires, making AAC extremely beneficial in lowering homeowners insurance and insures piece of mind for building owners.
The last course of the building is a continuous
bond beam course. A Simpson LTA2 is placed as an attachment point for engineered roof trusses. This makes installation of the roof system an effective and simple process.
Here is a picture of second floor ledgers to be grouted into a bond beam course for the second floor joists. Here is also an example of three typical window openings. The window bucks are very easily placed by simply putting a deck screw through the 2x.
This is a 12" bond beam door header with ledger bolts for porch awning attachment.
Pictured here is an 8" bond beam door header.
Here are two pictures of typical vertical reinforcement core holes. These are drilled for openings and in any interior or exterior corner of a building/structure. Rebar is then placed and the holes are filled with grout.
Pictured above is the base course (one block tall) with one wall at inspection height of 4'