In many countries, there is too little housing for people. According to the current "State of Housing" report, around 15,000 new apartments need to be built in Denmark alone by 2040. That's why more and more cities are awarding contracts for major housing projects. But in recent months, numerous construction managers have repeatedly encountered another problem: a shortage of materials. According to the Confederation of Danish Industry, one in four companies is struggling with production bottlenecks. Projects are delayed or even come to a complete standstill. To make a virtue out of necessity, more and more builders are turning to alternative materials. This is what happened in Odense, a large city on the Danish Island of Funen.
Silka calcium-silicate blocks save the construction of senior citizens' apartments
In the middle of the construction of a total of 156 senior apartments in Snestrup Have, there was a shortage of lightweight concrete. Waiting for the material to be produced would have severely delayed the original construction plan - by a full 1.5 years. Not only with significant financial implications, but also with consequences for the senior citizens. They depend on the living space and cannot wait months or even years. The construction managers decided to look for an alternative.
They chose Silka calcium-silicate blocks as the material for the load-bearing walls. The blocks are made from mineral resources such as water, sand, cement, and lime. Fast production and delivery of the blocks were thus possible. The original project schedule was secured, and construction could continue smoothly.
Fast and easy construction
Due to the size of the Silka calcium-silicate blocks, conventional cranes are not needed. Instead, the builders rely on mini cranes. These save space on the construction site and reduce the workload for the erectors. In addition, builders can make cuts to the blocks directly on site and implement any adjustments quickly and easily.
Heat storage and protection against noise
Silka's blocks have other advantages. They store heat and that without the need to build double walls. This pays off in the winter in the truest sense of the word. In summer, on the other hand, the building material keeps the heat out.
The builders also opted for Silka Sound blocks. Due to their density, they have a noise-absorbing effect. Seniors can be noisier in their apartment without it being noticed or even disturbing the neighbors.