Beetlecrete: Countertops, benches, ethanol, playgrounds and more

B.C. - Beetlecrete. WTF did I just say? Turns out that I said the name of the most amazing new product to hit the market (next to Brizo, oc) in decades. Beetlecrete pours like concrete, cuts like wood, and is made from our poor little, but really big problem, pine beetle desecrated forests. Beetlecrete, AKA MPBWC, AKA Mountian Pine Beetle Wood Concrete, was developed by University of Northern British Columbia by some crazy folks.

Beetlecrete surfacing

Mountain Pine Beetle Wood Concrete (MPBWC)

Who: University of Norther British Columbia

Composition: Mountain Pine Beetle wood fibre, stuff that isn't mentioned

Rating: 3 out of 5 - I want to know what else it's made of

We’re setting the stage where we can look at new product opportunities other than dimension lumber,” says Robert Parisott (source)

"Lab work has opened the door for an injection of beetle-killed trees into a myriad of non-lumber applications, including floor panels for the European market and rail ties for the Chinese market.

In most cases, beetle-killed wood is just as good as regular trees, say studies. Sometimes, it’s better. The blue-stained logs are better at absorbing preservatives, making them desirable to U.S. wood-treating plants. Wood-plastics are also hitting the drawing board; beetle-killed wood could be ground into flour and mixed with plastic to build decks and playground equipment.

The energy sector has even jumped aboard. B.C.’s wood-pellet manufacturers used to rely on swept-up scraps from sawmill floors, but now they’re using full-sized logs. Beetle-killed trees may even end up in the gas tank: UBC researchers are looking to convert dead pines into a cheaper, non-food-based source of ethanol." BC Business Online