I am writing this article truly hoping that timbercrete will be the future of building and building materials. You may have only heard of it today, and with that I am going to run over the basics so you too can see what amazing potential and use it has. So, let’s get the ball rolling. We are about to discover what a versatile, and amazing building material it is. Wondering How to make timbercrete slab? Find out below in our article.
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- 1 What is timbercrete?
- 2 How to make timbercrete blocks?
- 3 Where is timbercrete used?
- 4 Timbercrete vs concrete
- 5 Timbercrete disadvantages
- 6 Timbercrete construction
What is timbercrete?
Timbercrete is the mix of concrete, and sawmill waste, as well as san, binder and a deflocculating additive. As the name suggests Timber and (con)Crete. As breezeblocks would be this is then made into blocks, panels and paving that can be used for any type of construction. Timbercrete wikipedia may tell you more. It is quite similar to Ferrock It can be screwed and drilled, unlike concrete as well as being very strong and durable. It is also a material that is more heat resistant, and cost effective than traditional building methods
This is an incredibly viable concrete alternative.
How to make timbercrete blocks?
Wondering about the timbercrete formula? This process is actually a franchised thing so although we do not have the exact timbercrete formula, we have something pretty damn close. What you will need:
- 3 parts sawdust – Use a wood – which is low in tannin, gums and oils – for the best results.
- 2 parts sand
- 1 part cement.
How to make timbercrete
For smaller panels, 4 parts sawdust is usually satisfactory.
- Thoroughly blend the sawdust and the sand together
- Add the cement and blend
- Make sure the mix is a constant colour
- Now add the water and mix again. Add the water slowly and evenly.
Where is timbercrete used?
Timbercrete has been used with commercial and residential properties as well as paving for landscaping, and wherever you can think it has probably been used! Because it is similar to concrete, it is also very easy to mould into shapes, which aids building, as well as different textures and colours which again adds to its versatility.
Who invented timbercrete?
Timbercrete was invented by one guy that wanted to make a sustainable home, and with many experiments, invention follows. Thus timbercrete was born. Now a highly sought after product. It also should be added this is an Australian invention and works especially with their weather.
Why hasn’t timbercrete taken off as a building material?
One could say it could be because it is a registered franchise product and is more difficult to just start building than regular concrete that everyone knows how to use.
Timbercrete vs concrete
- A massive positive point of Timbercrete is that it traps carbon dioxide which would normally end up in the atmosphere. The same cannot be said for concrete.
- Timbercrete also has a much larger insulation value in comparison to traditional concrete or bricks.
- It is also stronger for load bearing than concrete
- Up to 250% Lighter weight than concrete or clay
- It can also be worked easier than concrete, it can be nailed and screwed into place.
- Finally, it is more fire resistant.
Honestly, there are very few disadvantages to this building material. It is an improvement in most aspects. The only thing I can think is that the upfront cost may be more, but the money saved in the long run on insulation would balance it out.
Timbercrete also takes a lot less energy to make compared to , say for example a clay fired brick. Clay bricks are fired at incredibly high temperatures, and timbercrete does not require this. As well as this it has been used in the making of Prefab homes, as well as roof tiles. This sustainable building material is quite simply amazing and should revolutionize building as we know it.