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Increasing Demand of Foamular Extruded Polystyrene Insulation!

The newly appointed Owens Corning Business Manager for South East Asia Mr Guan Wee Seah recently visited Austech External Building Products in Sydney.

The continuing demand for Owens Corning Foamular Extruded Polystyrene Insulation in the Oceania area has required the opening of a new manufacturing plant in India. Mr Seah is based in Singapore to ensure product development and an efficient supply chain is maintained to meet Australian market demand for Extruded Polystyrene Insulation. 

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Give your Pool a Luxury Resort feel with Craftstone!

Winter is the perfect time to finish the landscaping around your pool or give it a fresh new update! So you and your family can relax around your pool in the warmer months.

We have all seen those amazing stone featured walls and beautiful stone fountains in luxury resorts, hotels and health centres. Austech and their range of Craftstone can help you create an identical stylish appearance in your own home. Craftstone has been commonly used for indoor projects but is now becoming increasingly popular in outdoor applications such as pool features, waterfalls, outdoor bars and entertaining areas.

The lightweight nature of Craftstone makes this product ideal for the use in pool features/ waterfalls as there is no need for costly structural support. Craftstone is substantially cheaper, often half the price of natural stone. As well are being exceptionally durable and maintenance free, making it ideal for exterior designing around the pool area.

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Foamular used by Dixon Andrews Architects

As a specialist architect with extensive experience and expertise in residential design and construction Dixon Andrews provides a very high level of service at all stages of the design and construction process. Unlike most Architects Dixon is involved beginning to end of your project and is very hands on. As seen in the image of Dixon on a current worksite in Mosman.

Dixon Andrews Architects have been using Foamular Extruded Polystyrene Insulation for many years along with Dincel Wall Systems. Dincel has an innovative wall construction system, with permanent polymer form work for walls and columns, which when filled with concrete, produces an economical, strong and durable structure as well as saving construction time and money. Lining the interior walls with Foamular Extruded Polystyrene compliments the thermal mass benefits of the walling system.

Foamular's advanced thermal properties act like a temperature barrier, stopping heat fluctuations outside radiating through the concrete and into the building. Foamular has a high R-value, 50mm of Foamular can provide an R Value of R1.78.

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Duratuff Select Vinyl Cladding gives this home a fresh classic make over!

A residence in the Lower Blue Mountains of NSW has extended and updated the look of their home. They chose Duratuff Select Vinyl Cladding in the Sterline colour with White Designer Window Castings to finish the look on their home. 

Richard from Blue Mountains Building Co. installed the house cladding.  "This is my second extension using Duratuff  Select Vinyl cladding and already I feel like an expert. It's so easy to use and with long lengths it goes up very quickly. It's also very light which is very helpful for second storey extensions. We used the White Designer Window Casing around the windows which really enhanced the final look of the house." says Richard.

The walls of the home were installed with 20mm foam for extra insulation. Duratuff is low maintenance and comes with a 50 year warranty and available in 13 modern colours.

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Foamular XPS Floor Heating System Saving Energy Cost!

Foamular Extruded Polystyrene Insulation helps to reduce heat loss and lower operating costs for floor heating systems.

Placed below ground around the edge and under the concrete floor slab, Foamular creates a thermal barrier to minimise heat loss, lowering operating costs and reducing energy demand.

Being a closed cell extruded product - Foamular will not rot or decompose in below grade applications.

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Tips On How To Install Your Gable Vent Yourself!

Sufficient ventilation in your roof is vital to maintain your home in good structural condition and a healthy environment to the people who occupy the home. Gable vents from Austech External Building products will help ventilate your roof space, removing heat in summer and moisture in winter.Gable Vents from Austech come in a range of attractive shapes and designs, all fully screened for complete insect protection.

Installing a Gable Vent

To install a Gable Vent, start on the bottom edge, gently remove Lock-on cover. Trace the outside of the vent base and then another line 2 inches inside the first line. Cut a hole in the wall along the inside line. Position the vent on the wall and nail it into position using the pre-drilled holes. Snap Lock-on cover into place over the vent base. Installation is now complete.

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Subway Food Chain Use Austech Building Products’ CraftStone

The Subway food chain has been one of the fastest growing franchises in the world with over 35,000 restaurants in 98 countries and territories. Austech Building Products supplied one of its premium products, CraftStone, to Subway in Ballina Northern NSW. An eye-catching feature wall was created using around 6m2of Stacked Ledgestone Sunset from the CraftStone range. Subway is another major international company that have decided to use CraftStone in their Australian stores as the innovative lightweight replica looks and feels like the real thing - without the price tag.


As the numbers continue to roll through to door at the Ballina outlet, the CraftStone feature wall has sparked interest amongst the public and finishes off the interior design with a touch of elegance. CraftStone is available Australia wide through Austech Building Products. Visit the Austech website to contact your nearest office. There are a variety of profiles and colours to choose from in the CraftStone Range to suit existing or new constructions.


CraftStone comes with a 25 year warranty so you can rest assured knowing you've purchased quality. Stacked stone, chosen by Subway, is one of the best ways to ornament a home without breaking the bank. To pull this off, stone cladding, a fashionable method used by many architects is used to add vibrance to a lifeless structure. Builders stack these stones to recreate nature's natural stone walls seen in waterfalls and cliffs. Stacked stones are generally used for aesthetic purposes but they are also known to be able to last a long time.

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New ecoFAN from Austech

One of Austech's most popular ventilation products, the ecoFAN, has undergone changes in design as well as its manufacture process. The more advanced system now comes with a dual functionality option to either exhaust or supply air into the sub-floor area. Through years of research and development Edmonds CSR, partners of Austech External Building Products, have created the new ecoFAN's that come with many benefits such as:

· High energy efficiency

· Very low running costs

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Vinyl Cladding Installation Tips & Tricks by Austech

Austech are experienced in regards to external cladding, having supplied Vinyl Cladding throughout Australia for over 25 years. From builders to home owners, there have been thousands of projects fitted with the installer-friendly Duratuff Select Vinyl Cladding. Austech have provided a list of tips and suggestions for the most effective installation process to ensure a first class finish.

· Even before installation, it is important that boards are stored on flat ground, and if possible out of direct sunlight. The ends of the packaging may be cut to let the cladding breathe and allow for heat to escape

· Corrosive resistant nails or screws with a large head should be used

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CraftStone used on 4 Storey Apartment Building- Lane Cove, Sydney

Over the past three months, Austech External Building Products and Level 33 Property Developmenthave been working together to complete a 4 Storey Apartment Building in Lane Cove, Sydney. The Building also features a 3 level basement car park. This stylish and contemporary apartment building is positioned on a cascading site with two street frontages, offering a spectacular natural landscape view.

Over 150 sqm2 of CraftStone - Classical Ledge-stone Silver Grey, was used to create an aesthetically pleasing and modern look. Several retaining walls were cladded with the manufactured Stone, outside the front of the building, complementing the modern, clean and rendered finish of the exterior walls.

With the addition of plants and turf, the finished product creates a spectacular opening, to an even more impressive apartment. Manufactured Stone is becoming a popular choice amongst builders and architects alike, the ease of installation along with the light weight product offers an easy choice for anyone.

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Duratuff Select Vinyl Cladding Complemented by CraftStone

A two storey residence on the mid north coast of NSW has combined Austech's Duratuff Select Vinyl Cladding with CraftStone to completely rejuvenate the exterior finish of the home. K & N Spicer Constructions based in Nambucca Heads, completed the install and fit out of the vinyl cladding and stone products. Around 200m2 of Duratuff Select Vinyl Cladding in the colour Linen was fitted as the external cladding while Quarry Stone Matador (CSI-086) was used as a feature for the columns with the two products complementing one another.

The superior finish and appealing appearance of the home demonstrates the quality of the Austech product range. The attention to detail in the assembly process is highlighted by K & N Spicer Constructions who service the mid north coast of NSW and are recommended by Austech.' You can contact K & N Spicer Constructions on 0408 654 915.

Duratuff Select and Craft Stone will add value to your home and are both built to last, that is why we can offer 50 and 25 year warranties respectively. CraftStone can be used both internally and externally. The CraftStone range has many different profiles and colours to suit any. You can learn more about the product and how you can apply it to your next project at on our website.

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Functional Gable Vents from Austech improve a homes image, comfort and efficiency

Gable Vents are often seen as a cost effective simple way to improve the exterior appearance of a home, however they also play an important function in home ventilation and energy efficiency.

Gable Vents offer a striking design accent for your home with a deep wood grain finish for the appearance of real wood without the maintenance.

With a number of shapes to fit all designs, our Gable Vents and Windows add quality and enhance the look and functionality of any building.

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Vinyl Cladding used for Granny Flats

Austech and builders all around the country are coming together through the use of our Duratuff Select Vinyl Cladding , by building The classic Australian ' Granny Flat '.

Austech has been providing Vinyl Cladding to finish off these jobs and provide an aesthetically pleasing look without blowing the budget. The low maintenance of the cladding provides the perfect solution for these small investment properties.

For many years the Granny Flat has been a predominant feature in many Australian backyards, but has faded out over the years. Until now, recently the government bought in the new 'Affordable Housing Policy' which allows for a second dwelling to be easily added to your backyard. To house parents, grandparents, kids etc or even to create a small office space in the comfort of your own land.

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Foamular Extruded Polystyrene used to create Model Railways

Foamular Extruded Polystyrene has always been a versatile product. It has been used for roof membranes, render substrates, insulation inside precast concrete slabs and model trains.

Foamular's versatility comes from its manufacturing. Extruded Polystyrene is a closed cell structure that once manufactured maintains its rigidity, does not absorb water and maintains its insulation values.

Many Model Railroad builders have successfully used Foamular as a baseboard for their creations. Mike Nagle, Austech's Product Manager for Foamular has said "We get calls almost every week from avid railway creators who have seen other models with Foamular and want to recreate the realistic terrain".

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Duratuff Select Vinyl Cladding used on Granny Flats

Austech and tradesman all around the country are combining with each other through the use ofDuratuff Select Vinyl Cladding, by building The classic Australian ' Granny Flat '.

Austech have been providing Vinyl Cladding to finish off these jobs and inspire an aesthetically pleasing look without blowing the budget. The nominal maintenance of the cladding provides the perfect solution for these small investment properties.

For numerous many years the Granny Flat has been a predominant feature in many Australian backyards, but has died out over the years, until now. Recently the government bought in the new 'Affordable Housing Policy' which allows for a second dwelling to be effortlessly added to your backyard. To house parents, grandparents, kids or even to create a small office space in the comfort of your own land.

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Craftstone Used For Pool Features

Spring is only weeks away and Summer is just around the corner, as the temperature heats up and the sun extends later into the evening, many Australian's will be looking forward to diving into their own pool, neighbours or friends to have a relaxing dip and to cool down. Be surrounded by the beauty and essence of Craftstone.

We have all seen those amazing stone featured walls and beautiful stone fountains in luxury resorts, hotels and health centres. Austech and their range of Craftstone can help you create an identical stylish appearance in your own home. Craftstone has been commonly used for indoor projects but is now becoming increasingly popular in outdoor applications such as pool features, waterfalls, outdoor bars and entertaining areas.

The lightweight nature of Craftstone makes this product ideal for the use in pool features/ waterfalls as there is no need for costly structural support. Craftstone is substantially cheaper, often half the price of natural stone. As well are being exceptionally durable and maintenance free, making it ideal for exterior designing around the pool area.

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Vinyl Cladding Wind Tested

Parts of Australia have recently been faced with a surge of extreme weather. With gale force winds and flooding causing millions of dollars in property damage. A great deal of the damage was caused to properties built without protection from environmental extremes.

With climate change, it is expected that the weather will worsen all over Australia, with more severe droughts and larger storms, with more frequent high winds and hail. In order to protect their assets, homeowners need to think carefully when choosing external wall cladding, because this represents the largest area of the home exposed to the elements.

Austech's Range of Duratuff Select Vinyl Cladding has been tested to withstand the harshest conditions the Australian climate can throw at it. Duratuff Select has the exclusive Windlok 180 feature. This gives exterior wall cladding the ability to withstand winds up to 288 km/h (180mp/h), making it the recommended siding for wind prone areas.

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All You Need To Know About Vinyl Cladding

Duratuff Select's new generation of vinyl cladding weatherboards offers rich, vibrant colours with authentic wood grain textures for a more beautiful home. Cladding, put simply is the process of covering and protecting the outside of your home for a more aesthetically pleasing appearance.

Vinyl Cladding is designed to add comfort, safety and protection from all types of weather conditions. .Vinyl Cladding is fully protective, CFC Free Solid foam Insulation, this is built into the cladding to ensure you:

· Maintain a comfortable temperature in summer

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Craftstone by Austech - Brighten Up Your Fireplace

It's that time of year again. Winter is upon us already! , increasing the need to warm your home. So why not add style and elegance with a fireplace made from the eye-catching CraftStone. Exclusively available through Austech in a range of colours and textures, CraftStone allows you to build your dream fireplace including all the benefits of natural stone, without the hefty price tag.

Many home owners have previously selected CraftStone as their favoured product when developing a fireplace. The stone product has a wide range of other applications in new constructions and renovations. As well as fireplace's, it is perfect for stone walls, as a architectural element, an alternative for external feature walls, and also interior feature walls and entries. "We offer many textures and colours and meet over a dozen of the strictest code requirements, which give users a vast array of design options," said Dean Smith, Marketing Coordinator of Austech External Building Products. "When you combine such quality and choice, you're going to have a winning product."

Austech Building Products have a display at their head office in Blacktown, showcasing CraftStone. The external display can be viewed every day, with an internal display also available during office hours. For further information on CraftStone and the wide range of products available please visit Austech, or contact the team on (02) 9831 1623.

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CraftStone used in a number of Anytime Fitness Outlets through Australia

Anytime fitness, the global fitness franchise has chosen CraftStone to be fitted as a feature wall to a number of its outlets throughout Australia. There are now around 70 clubs Australia wide in just the two years the franchise has been operating in the country. This is not the first time CraftStone has been preferred by a high profile company. Austech Building Products supplied the fitness chain with different blends of CraftStone in an attempt to revamp and redesign many of their Australian stores.

The CraftStone range offers many different colours, textures and profiles including a unique corner system that eradicates untidy mitre joints. The two blends from the Vintage Ledgestone series that were specified for the project were the mocha and ocean mist colours. Austech were more than happy to partner with one of Australia's fast growing businesses in delivering them a high quality product, adding to the long list of satisfied Austech customers.

CraftStone can be used in your next project. With the elegance and beauty of natural stone, this product can be applied to a number of circumstances, from an interior feature wall, fireplace, columns or even water features to name a few. Its lightweight nature allows for ease of installation and unique corner pieces eliminate the replica look that many other manufactured stones have.

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