Unlike conventional clay fired bricks, timbercrete takes a lot less energy to produce as there is no firing involved in the production, it is made with timber waste and concrete, and needs time to cure before use. Timbercrete is also capable of absorbing and containing carbon gases. It exceeds the highest possible fire rating, is impervious to termites and rot, has a higher thermal rating then standard bricks - and it's bullet proof too!! Which I freely admit was not of high priority when we were deciding what to build our house with. Please don't test this one out by taking pot shots at our house, if you would like to see video of bricks being shot then watch the video on this page http://www.timbercrete.com.au/about-products.html it will also give you more info about timbercrete.
We also liked that this is an Australian designed and manufactured product. They are hand made in Echuca. There are a variety of sizes, colours and even brick shapes to choose from. We decided to go smooth faced sandstone and couldn't believe our luck when there was someone local who was interested in onselling enough for our house due to changes in circumstance. As far as we are aware, there are only 3-4 other Timbercrete structures locally.
So Timbercrete manages to tick the environmentally friendly box and look good at the same time, and we are really pleased with how our house is looking.
|Close up of one of our blocks|