Timbercrete, designed and manufactured by Timbercrete, an Australian firm, is a hybrid blend of natural organic material (a blend of waste timber or cellulose) combined with masonry binders (cement and sand), that produce a larger, more flexible, high insulation and lighter alternative construction material. This product was designed by Peter Collier, a professional potter and ceramic technician who was looking for a way to build an affordable family home. He started experimenting with raw materials, using his experience with clay and eventually came across the blend of cellulose, cement, sand and binders that has been patented as Timbercrete today. Timbercrete is produced in a range of products of bricks, panels, pavers and blocks.
Distributors / Implementing Organizations
Timbercrete is distributed by the manufacturer.
Timbercrete is a blend of sawmill waste (which is low in tannin, gums and oils), cement and sand in the ratio of 3:1:2, binders and a non-toxic deflocculating additive, which is cured using the renewable resources of sun and wind into a unique building block. The blocks require less energy to produce and have a negative carbon footprint. It can be moulded into a vast array of different sizes, shapes, colors and textures, with a few qualities that make it a true standout when compared to conventional bricks or cement
Intellectural Property Type
User Provision Model
This product is distributed by the manufacturer.
Distributions to Date Status
Unit dimensions (cm)
Depends on the type of block.
waste timber, cement, sand, and binders
Fire Resistance (hr)
Thermal Insulation Capacity
Compressive Strength (MPa)
Design specifications change depending if Timbercrete is form as block, brick, panel or pavers.
Provided by the manufacturer or mico-enterprises
Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters
Timbercrete is also 250% lighter than concrete or clay
Vetted Performance Status
Tests have also shown that a 190 mm timbercrete block has the highest possible fire-resistance rating for building materials in Australia.
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Academic Research and References
Compliance with regulations