Loxo/Nasahi Panels V.S. Plasterboard For Your Party Walls.
Are you designing or building a party wall?
Also called a ‘parting or common wall’ between connecting buildings or units, your party wall materials not only affect construction time, costs and longevity, but also tenant happiness.
With a party wall, there’s a bit to consider before you build:
- Sound and smell insulation
- Temperature regulation
- Fire resistance
- Water resistance
These 4 needs sound obvious for a party wall right? But when it comes to building one, many people use plasterboard not knowing there’s an alternative, and this can result in rather unhappy tenants.
Simply because plasterboard is one of the worst insulating materials around.
Loxo/Nasahi panels are changing the way party walls are being constructed, let’s have a closer look:
1. Party Wall Sound And Smell Insulation
If you want tenants who will sell up or move out at the first chance, not having sound or smell insulation will do the job.
An elderly neighbour with poor hearing, a large family, a newborn, teenagers, a puppy. All sounds that can downright peeve you off when they are as loud in your home, as they are your neighbours.
There’s also smells like smokers, incense, delicious but rather potent curries and so on. Like sounds, you’ll need to avoid transferring smells through your party wall.
That’s why Loxo/Nasahi panels are as easy as plasterboard to build with, yet provide acoustic and insulation performance that’s equivalent to masonry products that are twice as thick. Brilliant!
Without the other 3 reasons in this article, insulating against sound and smell is worth investing in Loxo/Nasahi panels alone.
2. Party Wall Temperature Regulation
Let’s say one tenant loves to keep their home open on chilly winter nights, but on the other side of the common wall you have a tenant that loves it baking hot. They turn their heaters up to 11 when they can.
Plasterboard alone fails terribly here, hot or cold temperatures spread throughout each tenant’s home, causing big issues, and even bigger energy bills.
Insulating is an option but if you want remarkable temperature insulation from the get-go, with all of the other party wall benefits, Loxo/Nasahi panels are designed to ensure your tenants can regulate and enjoy their homes or offices.
3. Party Wall Fire Resistance
Party walls should always be made of non-combustible materials. Loxo/Nasahi panels have exceptional fire resistance and are even used by architects and builders in bushfire prone locations.
Loxo/Nasahi comply with all six Bushfire Attack Level Categories (BAL) with leading FRL’s for both walls and floors.
And in the event of fire, will not emit any toxic gases or vapours. Another point for Loxo/Nasahi panels.
4. Party Wall Water Resistance
Water resistance is another place where plasterboard fails. If you’ve ever left a plasterboard sheet out in the rain, you may have seen it turn to mush right in front of your eyes.
It’s not only for your tenants, but load bearing safety that you should use water-resistant materials for a party wall. Loxo/Nasahi will not bend, soften or deteriorate in wet weather.
You could probably make a surfboard out of Loxo/Nasahi panels, that’s how water resistant they are!
Like to know more about Loxo/Nasahi panels?
Loxo/Nasahi panels are perfect for residential construction, extensions, re-cladding and low rise buildings using timber or steel frames.
- External walls
- Boundary walls
- Party (partition) walls
- Internal partition walls
- Floor and ceiling systems
When it comes to building your next party wall, be sure to chat to the team at Active Building Systems on 1300 566 592 or contact us here.