WHY BAMBOO?

Environmentally friendly and one of the strongest building materials available.

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FAQs

 

Why Bamboo?


  • It's one of the fastest growing plants in the world, growing up to several feet a day
  • Bamboo can be harvested every three years without harming the environment vs. typical trees taking tremendous amounts of time to reforest and cause harmful erosion to the surrounding environment
  • It's roots actually fix erosion prone soil
  • Doesn't need to be replanted or fertilized
  • Needs no pesticides or herbicides
  • There is an antibacterial (natural kun) substance that makes Bamboo resistant to pests and pathogens. It's termite resistant
  • The natural kun substance also helps it from absorbing moisture and retaining odors.
  • Bamboo can be grown almost anywhere
  • Leftover leaves and stocks are utilized as a food source for livestock in the US and in Asia
  • Bamboo can be installed almost anywhere, with few climate restrictions
  • Bamboo is far less sensitive to temperature changes than stone, tile or vinyl
  • Produces more oxygen than cotton
  • In Japan, Bamboo has been historically used for scaffolding due to it's strengths
  • Absorbs waters as efficiently as a dessert cactus

Is Bamboo Renewable?


Bamboo is a grass, and the fastest growing wood like substance on the planet.

Moso bamboo ( Phyllostachys pubescens), the variety most commonly used in flooring and building materials, grows to a height of 50-60 feet in only eighteen months. Moso bamboo reaches maturity and can be harvested after four to six years of growth. Compare this to the 30-60 years for any comparable wood species, and it is easy to see the advantages of bamboo. The day after a stalk is harvested, there will be four to seven plants in its place. No replanting is necessary, as bamboo is regenerated through its rhizomes. Bamboo offers incredible erosion control due to this rapid regeneration.


Is Bamboo Strong?


A viable replacement for wood. Bamboo is one of the strongest building materials available. Bamboo's tensile strength is 28,000 per square inch versus 23,000 for steel. While bamboo is incredibly strong, it is also flexible and lightweight, which makes it an essential structural material in earthquake architecture. In Limon, Costa Rica, only the bamboo houses from the National Bamboo Project stood after their violent earthquake in 1992.