Timbercrete increase Green Credentials of Homes

by M. Wasim

Timbercrete building materials are environment-friendly building products that not only increase the green credentials of a home but also give a distinctive appearance.

Homes built with Timbercrete bricks and blocks save significant sums of money for the homeowner by keeping the indoor environment cooler in summer and warmer in winter, reducing energy costs through the year. Besides Timbercrete building materials reduce building costs and bring a classy cobblestone, sandstone or limestone finish to the home.

Timbercrete bricks and blocks are now generating widespread interest within the construction industry around the world. Timbercrete products are made from recycled timber waste such as sawdust from sawmills and other cellulose materials from plantation timbers with no trees cut down for the production. The timber waste is combined with other raw materials to produce bricks, blocks and panels of various shapes and sizes.

Advantages of Timbercrete:

  • Provides up to six times the thermal insulation of conventional bricks
  • High fire safety rating, performing better than other building bricks, especially in bushfire risk areas
  • Great sound absorption qualities
  • Superior bracing values for use in earthquake prone or cyclonic areas
  • Reduced laying costs and increased speed of construction when using veneer, double brick or single skin structures
  • Designed to last with rot and termite resistance
  • Less affected by expansion, which is common in clay bricks or blocks
  • Suffers less accumulated shrinkage or ‘creep’
  • Can also be directly nailed or screwed without the need for pre-drilling
  • More energy efficient production process than conventional kiln dried process of clay brick manufacture
  • Stores carbon gases, functioning as a carbon trap.

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