December 5, 2012

Timbercrete Bricks and Loadbearing

We often receive questions regarding the loadbearing capacity of Timbercrete bricks. The questions are fair enough, as it would seem that a brick or block that's made with timber fibres might lack in certain areas and it's capacity to hold big loads might be one of those. Well we're pleased to let you know that Timbercrete has amazing strength and is a more than capable to handle loads that any other masonry block or brick can handle. 

Peter Collier from Timbercrete head office explains: “Timbercrete bricks and blocks have a typical Mpa ranging from 3 Mpa to 6 Mpa. This equates to between 3000 kg and 6000 kg per 10 cm² of surface face area (10 cm x 10 cm). This means that a standard single skin Timbercrete block with the surface face area of 400 mm long by 200 mm wide, has a potential load bearing capacity between 24,000 kg to 48,000 kg per single block. If there are 10 bricks or blocks in a row, this figure is multiplied by 10. If the uninterrupted wall area (not interrupted by windows or doors) was, say; a rectangle of 10 m long by 6 m wide, the overall wall length would be 32 lineal metres. Divide this by 400 mm (the length of the block stated above) one would require 32 / .4 = 80 blocks. Therefore the potential load bearing capacity is between 1920 metric tons to 3840 metric tons.

The load-bearing capacity of Timbercrete can be increased by increasing the percentage of binders, however considering the figures above and the fact that increasing the binders will also have an effect on the cost there is no rational or engineering logic for this improvement.

However, typical engineering practices never construct buildings based on the maximum potential of the load-bearing capacity of the product. They consider a worst-case scenario and then factor in a percentage reduction. This practice of over engineering reduces or eliminates the possibility of structural failure.

Certainly Timbercrete is a load bearing product for both bricks and blocks at between 3Mpa to 6Mpa. One also needs to consider that most of the product range represents bricks or blocks that are solid without any cavities in contrast with most clay bricks and hollow core concrete blocks that are not solid. This being the case the surface face area and Mpa of Timbercrete is not compromised as a result of cavities. We also teach the practice of using a solid mortar bed and perpendicular joints rather than a shell bed as is typically the practice with other bricks and blocks.”

As can be shown in this photo, a home built with Timbercrete blocks is more than adequate to bear the load of a second storey, including a suspended concrete slab. 

If you're in the hunt for bricks and blocks with strong capabilities and extremely environmental properties, then look no further than Timbercrete. For more information go Here, for pricing see the contact details and click on your nearest supplier.

July 12, 2012

Timbercrete 'Red' Bricks

Check out these 100mm thick, 600 series red bricks made from Timbercrete!

Built in Victor Harbor, S.A. this new home is sure to be both stunning in features, environmentally respectful and low in it's use of energy.

Being 5 times greater in insulation (R) value than that of a standard clay brick means they are a perfect replacement and will save you dollars in the long term, with lower energy costs. Not to mention the positive effect Timbercrete brings to the environment.

Timbercrete, being made with Timber waste and the process of manufacturing being extremely simple, actually reduces carbon emissions, which means there's no carbon tax here!

The costs of Timbercrete bricks will not drive a hole in your pocket either as they are very comparable prices to clay brick.

For further information and pricing please check out the website and contact your nearest Timbercrete Franchise.

June 27, 2012

Beautiful 'Country Style' Home in Goolwa

This beautiful home, built in Goolwa on the Fleurieu Peninsula SA, is a brilliant example of Timbercrete's 360 Series 'Cobbblestone' blocks.

Built in Double-brick cavity construction, the customers are extremely happy with the thermal performance of the home, with temperatures steady between 18-25 degrees all year round and very low energy costs for heating and cooling when required.

Most of all, the impression of the home is cozy and warm and has a very soft 'country style home' appeal.

The blocks themselves have an R 0.6 rating and combined in Double-brick form give significant thermal benefit both as an insulator and thermal mass.

The size of the blocks also are a feature, being a perfect 'drop-in' replacement for clay brick increments making the 360 Series a much more environmentally friendly and energy efficient option for consideration for a standard build.

For any further information regarding Timbercrete, pricing or builders please contact Glenn by clicking on this link. and go to 'South Australia'.

April 30, 2012

Timbercrete Landscaping Blocks in Mannum SA

Beautiful looking retaining with our 200mm Standard Cobblestone Blocks in Mannum SA. Prices here for those. For all other Landscaping prices go here. For any other information regarding Timbercrete products for building and landscaping feel free to visit our Website or email Glenn at our Adelaide South branch.