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I would recommend contacting Jim Niehoff at the Portland Cement Association. Jim is responsible for the residential market at PCA and will be able to provide to you a wealth of information on this. His phone number is 847.966.6200 and his e-mail address is jniehoff(--nospam--at)

Dave Fanella


A local contractor has proposed constructing a new home using 8 inch aerated concrete block. The basement would use standard CMU, and the second floor would be wood framed. Is anyone familiar with this material? Concerns I have include method of installation, corrosion protection and efficiency of reinforcement; contractor lack of familiarity with the material (I am not aware of any buildings constructed near this area using aerated concrete block); durability in harsh freeze/thaw conditions; interfacing with other materials; and, a host of other normal construction details.
James Cohen, PE
James Cohen Consulting, PC
Pennington, NJ

David A. Fanella, Ph.D., S.E., P.E.
Director of Engineering
S.K. Ghosh Associates, Inc.
1856 Walters Avenue, Suite 200
Northbrook, IL 60062
Ph: 847.291.9864
Fax: 847.291.9865
E-mail: dfanella(--nospam--at)
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