THE APPEAL OF BAMBOO
Worldwide interest in bamboo for construction is growing rapidly as climate change continues to evolve. Eco-friendly bamboo is one of the fastest-growing plants on earth. It produces 12 times more green material than wood and reaches heights of full maturity in as little as three years and regenerates quickly after harvesting. Most “tree” wood will take 30 to 40 years before harvesting. Additionally, bamboo thrives on otherwise unproductive land like deep ravines and mountainsides.
It's Environmentally Friendly
When choosing material for your construction project, it’s good to know that bamboo is sourced from eco-friendly sustainable plants. Bamboo forests are very friendly to the environment. They reduce pollution by producing oxygen. In fact 35 percent more than trees. Their roots create a water barrier that helps control soil erosion and bamboo consumes high quantities of nitrogen, which helps reduce pollution.
A study by the National Association of Home Builders estimates that about 8,000 pounds of waste is created from the construction of
a single 2,000-square-foot home. The majority of the waste is wood, cardboard and drywall, and almost all of it ends up in landfills. In comparison, raw bamboo is completely recyclable.
Some bamboo species have the same strength ratio as steel and almost twice the compression ratio of concrete. Building with bamboo is hardly a new concept though. Many countries have been doing it for hundreds of years. Inspired by heightened interest in eco-friendly materials, you will notice architects and builders are now using bamboo more for their current projects.