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Lamboo® Material Technologies Showcases at the Chicago AIA National Convention June 26th-28th

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On June 26-28, Chicago will host the worlds largest architectural convention with nearly 800 exhibitors, and thousands of people attending. AIA 2014 offers the public to view the latest architectural products, materials, and technologies while serving as an opportunity to network with other architects and design professionals. AIA National Convention is the industries top professional organization and provides educational courses, government sponsorship, community development, and public outreach to support the Architecture profession. 

Lamboo, Inc. has several partner companies that will be exhibiting and showcasing its world leading material technologies within high performance, architectural, structural, and glazing applications. With strong support of our partners,  Lamboo team members will be readily available to discuss projects and capacities of our industry leading partners.

To schedule a meeting during the show, please contact us via: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 866-966-2999


Kolbe Windows & Doors 

Booth #4441

Kolbe Windows & Doors have over 65 years of fine craftsmanship of family tradition. They produce diverse product lines and vast array of options to satisfy every customers specification. Kolbe is leading the industry in manufacturing premium quality windows and doors.



 Panda Windows & Doors 

Booth #3824

Panda Windows & Doors is North America's leading manufacturer of high-end window and door systems. They develop, produce, and distribute state-of-the-art custom made window and door systems for the luxury residential and commercial market.


H Window

Booth #1150

H Windows offer innovative composite Aluminum / Wood construction (not a clad window) with a unique fully reversible operating system. H Window Company offers the finest European designed, high-performance custom wood windows and doors.


Alamco Wood Products

Booth #724

Alamco Wood Products Inc. is a manufacturer of environmentally friendly, structural glued laminated beams and arches through the seamless integration of high performance Lamboo Technologies. 



Booth #2231

NanaWall is the leader in opening glass wall technology and folding door systems. With manufacturer's representatives throughout the continent, NanaWall Systems is the dominant provider of opening glass walls in North America.





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Lamboo® Rainscreen™ Systems Now Available

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Lamboo now offers their LAMBOO® RAINSCREEN™ systems - components, panels, and systems specifically designed for exterior finish design and architectural applications. Lamboo’s exterior grade components and panels include proprietary manufacturing processes & bonding agents to resist moisture and last throughout harsh environments.

The purpose of Rainscreen cladding is to keep moisture away from the walls of a building. Lamboo’s proprietary manufacturing processes make LAMBOO® RAINSCREEN™ systems the ideal solution for exterior design and architectural applications.




The Rainscreen™ System is integrated into the following applications:

Lamboo® Rainscreen Systems - Exterior Grade, Engineered Bamboo Rainscreen System

Lamboo® Soffit - Exterior Grade, Engineered Bamboo Soffit System

Lamboo® Fascia - Exterior Grade, Engineered Bamboo Fascia System


Please contact us for more information on Rainscreen Systems.

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Engineered Bamboo Solar Structures by Lamboo Technologies

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Lamboo Technologies manufactures architectural solar structures to complement your desire for alternative solar energy generation with renewable engineered bamboo materials and intelligent solar functions for grid ancillary services, Lamboo provides advanced design and aesthetics to actualize your vision. As such, Lamboo stands ready to provide you with tailored architectural and engineering expertise necessary to realize your commissioned project.

The world is evolving into a future where our homes and workplaces are becoming an integral part of renewable energy systems. Photovoltaic solar structures remain vital to distributed power systems in our pursuit of clean, renewable energy. Both small-scale and large-scale solar installations can fundamentally shift our dependence away from fossil fuels to create healthier, more resilient, and adaptive societies. Lamboo believes the dawning of a carbon-free world is approaching, and we want to help everyone orchestrate this possibility.

Lamboo® Solar Structures:

Lamboo sunshade systems are ideally suited for forward-thinking businesses and homeowners that want the connection between renewable energy independence and increased wellness.  Our research has shown that corporations investing in solar energy with shading capacity have greater employee retention, larger candidate pools, and augmented levels of worker satisfaction. Lamboo sunshade systems are high-performance solar generators that simultaneously provide a cooling area where employees or homeowners can refresh themselves outside while protecting themselves from the elements within break areas, play areas, parks and similar.  
The evolution of automobile transportation is electric, and you have the power to decide the source of that energy. With the Lamboo solar station you can drive on the rays of the sun. Crafted as the ultimate source in solar energy and aesthetics, Lamboo merges the renewable energy needs of a conscious consumer with the design of an astute connoisseur. To accomplish this perfection, Lamboo is manufactured with engineered bamboo materials, performance solar panels, and regional fabrication and installation. It is ideal for smaller-scale applications such as light commercial brands such as hotels, residential structures/multifamily, condos, resorts and businesses looking to provide one or several charging options.
Lamboo canopies represent our large-scale solar option perfect for broad spaces. Lamboo Solar canopies are ideal for parking lots where companies want to turn previously unproductive areas into ones that generate electricity, add weather protection, and lower the asphalt temperatures for employee comfort, but specifically offset energy requirements for adjacent buildings/infrastructure. We want companies to re-imagine the positive impact they can have on their financials, local standing, and worldwide profile by incorporating Lamboo Solar canopies.

LAMBOO® SOLAR™ STRUCTURES  - Systems, Structural Systems and Components are available internationally through our certified distributors, fabricators, and installers.

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The United Nations Global Compact recognizes Lamboo as an official participant

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Lamboo Inc. resolutely positions itself at the forefront of sustainability, product performance, and social responsibility.  As such, Lamboo Inc. became an officially recognized member of the United Nations Global Compact in February 2014 and its ten principles that guide corporate behavior in the areas of human rights, labor, environment, and anti-corruption.  We believe in the ability of our corporation to shape a better future with these enriching standards, and Lamboo Inc. firmly commits to furthering these principles within our company, industry, and the international societies where we work.
The rules of conduct and values of the United Nations Global Compact are actively promoted as an essential component of our corporate evolution and the daily procedures of our enterprise. Lamboo Inc. ensures that our stakeholders, clients, and communities understand the depth and content of this promise.  Each year Lamboo Inc. will generate the following reports to guarantee public accountability, transparency, and programmatic evolution.

* A statement signed by Lamboo Inc.’s chief executive expressing continued support for the United Nations Global Compact and renewing our ongoing commitment to the initiative and its principles.
* A description of practical actions that Lamboo Inc. has taken to implement the United Nations Global Compact principles in human rights, labor, environment, and anti-corruption.
* A qualitative and quantitative measurement of the degree to which targets/performance indicators were met.

When you purchase from Lamboo Inc., you are promised a company that embodies the emerging future of corporate changemaking-one that respects the dignity of workers, the environment, market fairness, and high-quality products.

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Come see Lamboo Technologies at IBS 2014 in Las Vegas!

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Lamboo is a Major Material Provider for the University of North Carolina Charlotte Urban Eden Solar Decathlon Competition

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The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency. 

Open to the public free of charge, the Solar Decathlon gives visitors the opportunity to tour the houses, gather ideas to use in their own homes, and learn how energy-saving features can help them save money today.

The Solar Decathlon competition took place in Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California spanning over a course of ten days from October 3-13, 2013. Here is where UNC Charlotte competed against twenty other university-led teams in ten different contests.

UNC Charlotte’s entry to the Solar Decathlon 2013, Urban Eden, incorporates revolutionary approaches to sustainable design and construction, combining city-sophistication with an appreciation for our natural world. UrbanEden consists of solar strategies, geopolymer concrete, urban gardening, smart technologies, and urban lifestyle. Consisting of several sponsors, Lamboo was included as a sustaining partner in providing interior as well as exterior materials to complete UrbanEden’s sustainable design. 

The materials for UrbanEden were chosen based on three criteria: environmental impact, durability, and beauty. Lamboo® Design™ panels were used for all the interior built-ins as well as the exterior rain screen panels.

The UNC Charlotte team brought home two awards from the Solar Decathlon 2013. They tied for third place in the juried Engineering Contest and won the popular-vote People’s Choice Award.

For more of the story, see the Solar Decathlon website here

Lamboo has been featured in previous Solar Decathlon programs as a proud supporter of the University of Illinois team’s “Gable Home” in 2009 and in the international competition in 2011. Since placing 1st in the completion and 2nd overall internationally, Lamboo has been integrated into several other university decathlons. 



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Lamboo Features in Springfield Business Journal

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 “Sustainability” has become a buzzword of the 21st Century. Organizations are reducing their footprint with recycling policies and encouraging employees to carpool or use public transportation. Today it is de rigueur to receive an email with part of the signature line including a demand to “think before you print!” Legislation and regulations are brimming with encouragement, in some cases, and mandates, in others, to build as cleanly as possible with energy efficient materials. A number of projects in and around Springfield have bragged about the achievement of LEEDs Certification for their new buildings in recent years. (Before you hit Google, LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.)

A company in Springfield is at the leading edge of introducing a sustainable raw material – bamboo – to the market with diverse applications and enormous growth potential. Lamboo, Inc. started with the intent of developing a product that satisfies the need for sustainability in the 21st Century while also providing a material that spans a range of applications and exceeds expectations of more traditional materials.

By way of introduction, bamboo holds the promise of being the sustainability wunderkind of the 21st Century when compared with traditional materials such as wood, steel and aluminum for the following reasons. Bamboo produces approximately 14 tons of fiber per acre every six to eight years or six times that of timber, which takes 25-30 years to mature. Bamboo can be harvested without replanting and the silica content makes the plant resistant to insect infestation. Bamboo sequesters about 35 percent more carbon than timber, has natural anti-microbial properties and a root structure that helps to eliminate soil erosion.

Lamboo, Inc. has developed and brought to market a new bamboo product – Laminated Veneer Bamboo (LBV).“We are truly leading an industrial materials revolution,” said Luke D. Schuette, President & Founder, Lamboo, Inc. As an architecture student at Southern Illinois University, Schuette became interested in and began testing various materials for strength, flexibility and sustainability.

“I ended up paying for my own testing at a St. Louis lab in order to determine if the product was going to be sufficient,” Schuette said, explaining the start-up process for Lamboo, Inc.

Laminated bamboo veneer was an idea so ahead of the curve that an American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) category or standards did not exist prior to 2007. Schuette and his team presented LBV to ASTM in 2007 and were awarded a new category and standards to compare LBV to other construction and design materials. Since Lamboo, Inc. has achieved the certification, the company has grown to a worldwide presence receiving a 2013 Governor’s Export Award for increasing their export market 63 percent from 2011 to 2012.

Lamboo, Inc. has four broad market categories that it intends to exploit – Architectural/Structural/High Performance Buildings, Aviation/Maritime/Automotive, Design and Industrial. “Lamboo, Inc. makes a laminated veneer product that is lighter and stronger than many traditional products,” Schuette noted. “Lamboo, Inc. is not designing office desks or guitars or commercial beams. We are partnering with companies around the world who desire a sustainable material.”

Products that Lamboo has been involved with include laminated structural beams, architectural elements such as louvers and awnings and window and door systems. Important for designers, architects and builders, no other raw material receives as many LEED points as LBV. Given LBV’s strength and light weight properties it is also a good fit for veneer applications for plane, yacht and car finishes. A tour around the Laboo office also identified some partnerships in the form of a prototype electric guitar, rifle stock and chandelier parts.

Schuette located Lamboo, Inc. in Springfield purposefully. The high quality of life and low cost of living played a large role in looking at Springfield. “Although we have partners around the world and we travel quite a bit, much of our business is conducted via email and Skype,” Schuette said. In fact, the company has brought partners to the Capitol City to experience what Springfield has to offer in hopes of generating further synergy for Lamboo’s products and business plan.

Sustainability in our daily lives is here for the long haul. Buildings and products will continue to seek new and innovative materials that retain and enhance the role traditional materials but with an edge on energy efficiency and environmental stewardship. Lamboo, Inc. is leading a revolution in sustainable materials from its perch overlooking the Old State Capitol. Luke Schuette and Lamboo, Inc. have made great strides and have plans for continued growth in Springfield, Central Illinois and the world.

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(Excerpt of article by David A. Kelm. NOT AFFILIATED WITH LAMBOO)

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Lamboo Inc. Earns USDA Recognition for Biobased Products

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Lamboo Inc. has earned the USDA Certified Biobased Product Label. The USDA Certified Biobased Product Label verifies that the products amount of renewable biobased ingredients meets or exceeds prescribed USDA standards. Biobased products are goods composed in whole or in significant part of agricultural, forestry, or marine materials.

"We are proud to join the elite group of companies achieving 100% Biobased recognition from the USDA," said Luke Schuette, founder and president of Lamboo. "The combination of sustainability and high-performance technology has spurred an industrial materials revolution. Lamboo will continue to advance sustainability working with industry leaders worldwide."

All biobased amount claims are verified by independent labs and monitored by the USDA. Consumers may feel secure in the accuracy of the biobased amount and be empowered in making better informed purchasing decisions.

"We are pleased that Lamboo Inc. has earned the USDA Certified Biobased Product Label," said Ron Buckhalt, USDA BioPreferred Program Manager, “and appreciate that the company is using a fast-growing, rapidly renewable resource to make their products.” 

The label is on certified products and available for consumers since August 27, 2013.



About USDA BioPreferred

The USDA BioPreferred program was created by the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (2002 Farm Bill), and expanded by the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (2008 Farm Bill). The purpose is to increase the purchase and use of biobased products. The United States Department of Agriculture manages the program. Products that meet the USDA BioPreferred program requirements carry a distinctive label for easier identification by the consumer. 

About Lamboo

Lamboo is the world leading materials technology company that specializes in engineered performance based bamboo for structural, architectural, and OEM industrial applications worldwide.  Integration of select species of bamboo are processed into Lamboo's SBP(Structural Bamboo Products) achieving advantages in performance, aesthetics, and sustainability.  Lamboo Material Technologies provide durability, uniformity, and strength.  Our advanced and continued global research and product integrations are focused on the following product divisions: Structural, Curtain Walls, Windows & Doors, Interiors, Exteriors, and Aviation & Nautical.

To learn more about the USDA Certified Biobased Product Label please visit, and follow on Twitter at

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Lamboo Wins Governor’s Export Award

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On July 31st, 2013 Lamboo was honored by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn as the recipient for the 2013 Illinois Governor’s Export Award in the Emerging/New Export Business category.


Pictured Left, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, congratulating Lamboo, Inc. President and CEO, Luke Schuette (Right), at the award ceremony for 2013 Illinois Governor’s Export Award on July 31st, 2013. Lamboo received the honor in the Emerging/New Export Business category.

The award recognizes the rapid growth of Lamboo’s export sales in 2012 by 63 percent over 2011. 27 percent of the company’s total sales are now attributed to exports.

“We are immensely proud to receive this award,” said Luke Schuette, founder and president of Lamboo. “The award is testimony to the growing global recognition of Lamboo as a high-performance brand and the growing interest in bamboo as a sustainable raw material for green building and design applications.”

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn handed out the award at a ceremony in Chicago.

“Lamboo’s vision is to combine high-performance technology with sustainability,” said Schuette. “We see great potential for growth as the green building and ecological innovation wave within primary industries continues to spread across the globe.”

For further information, please contact Henrik Rasmussen at 202-403-4240 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Research suggests a wooden future for skyscrapers

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Skyscrapers dominate the skylines of our major cities, offering more urban density and greater flexibility than smaller buildings. However, concrete- and steel-based tall structures require huge amounts of energy for their construction, which comes at a significant environmental cost. This can be mitigated by incorporating technologies such as solar power, passive cooling systems and efficient lighting into the design, but what if we could go even further and build skyscrapers using sustainable materials? Herein lies the impetus behind recent research into the efficacy of wooden skyscrapers.

Before considering the technical hurdles of constructing tall buildings from wood, perhaps the first question which should be asked is: what are the specific benefits wood can offer over concrete and steel?


The single most compelling argument in favor of building wooden skyscrapers is the fact that, providing the timber is sourced responsibly, they represent an opportunity to create a sustainable building on a truly grand scale, cutting down on overall CO2 output as a result.

As a recent lengthy report on the subject by Michael Green Architects (MGA) entitled "Tall Wood" [PDF] asserts:

"Over the last twenty years, as the world’s understanding of anthropogenic climate change has evolved, we have seen the large impact that buildings contribute to the greenhouse gases causing climate change. Concrete production represents roughly 5 percent of world carbon dioxide emissions, the dominant greenhouse gas. In essence the production and transportation of concrete represents more than 5 times the carbon footprint of the airline industry as a whole. It is clear that the very fundamentals of what materials we build our buildings with are worth re-evaluating."

The "Timber Towers" [PDF] report produced by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) cites the potential to compete with reinforced concrete and steel, while reducing the carbon footprint by 60 to 75 percent.

Structural Strength

To cope with the heavy load, stresses, and vibrations a skyscraper undergoes daily, it needs to be built from material far more durable than normal timber. The SOM and MGA reports both agree that the solution to constructing tall buildings from wood rests on the use of "Mass Timber."

SOM's report defines Mass Timber as solid panels of wood, engineered for greater strength through the lamination of different layers.

SOM's researchers prefer to add concrete connecting joints when building with Mass Timber, while MGA utilizes steel to reinforce the mass timber panels. Whichever reinforcing method is chosen, the result is a very tough building material which is worlds away from the timber framing used to build many homes, and suitable for tall buildings up to 30 stories in height, even in high seismic areas like Vancouver.

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(Excerpt of article by Adam Williams. NOT AFFILIATED WITH LAMBOO)

Lamboo, Laminated Veneer Bamboo (LVB), is unmatched in its potential as an environmentally friendly and structurally stable building material. Bamboo can be produced on a large scale with much more ease than timber forests cutting costs and limiting energy consumption. Testing and predictions from experts has led to Bamboo being referred to as "the next super material" due to its amazing attributes and resiliency.

In its engineered form (Lamboo) bamboo is the ideal bio-based product for applications requiring superior structural strength and longevity. In fact, Lamboo components are on average 20% more stable than hardwoods and up to 40% more stable than softwoods such as Pine or Douglas Fir. 

Lamboo's popularity as a sustainable, higher performing product is growing; we encourage you to learn more from the links below and to contact us with any questions that should arise. 


About Bamboo as a resource

- Produces 30% more oxygen in comparison to similar size timber forest area

-  Sequesters 35% more carbon in comparison to similar size timber forest area

-  Growth rate of 6-8 years to maturity (In comparison to 25-50 for traditional timber)

-  Root structure eliminates need to replant


Learn more about Lamboo

What is Lamboo?


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A Bamboo Project - The Bamboo Industry in the U.S.

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Bamboo has been deemed the new “wonder plant” and with good reason. Bamboo impacts the lives of over 1.5 billion people worldwide, has over 1500 uses that we know about now, is highly sustainable, sequesters up to 40% more Co2 than a forest of trees the same size, and is stronger than steel. 

Bamboo is the fastest-growing woody plant in the world, capable of growing up to four feet a day. Most of it is grown organically, and in most locations requires no irrigation, pesticides, or fertilizers. Because of its fast growth, good mechanical properties, low price and abundant availability, bamboo is widely recognized as a promising resource for sustainable manufacturing.

An acre of bamboo can sequester 25 tons of carbon dioxide per year, compared to only 6 tons from a young forest. Bamboo is so effective in this role that Japan and the Netherlands are planting vast tracts of bamboo toward their carbon credit. Much of America’s lands are suitable for growing bamboo. After being imported as early as 1828 into the United States, bamboo grows wildly mostly concentrated in the Southern U.S. and Eastern seaboard. There are additional successful farms as far north as Ohio, Oregon and Washington.

Additional benefits of bamboo:

  • Bamboo requires only one third of the water than cotton does. There is much less carbon associated with growing bamboo such as operating tractors in harvesting and maintenance than cotton.

  • Bamboo is stronger than steel and more durable than wood. (withstands up to 52,000 Pounds of pressure psi) It can be used as a composite, structural beams, flooring, scaffolding, supports, housing, and concrete reinforcement.

  • Bamboo is flexible. It can be used in virtually any application such as bike frames, domes, and other products.

  • Bamboo filters soil of contaminants and prevents soil erosion.

  • This plant has a use in every industry.

The need for a bamboo industry in the United States.

Provided all legislation and forecasts stay on course during this election a perfect storm is brewing for the entrance of bamboo as a mainstream crop.

Read more about the effects the bamboo industry will have on the political, environmental, and industrial sectors of the U.S. here.

(Above is an excerpt of an article by Eric Stevens. NOT AFFILIATED IN ANY MANNER WITH LAMBOO)

Mr. Stevens is a prime example of the growing number of innovative leaders and advocates that are taking strong stands on environmental and
societal issues. The fact of the matter is that with our rapidly growing society, the traditional way of building and supporting our society is unsustainable and drastic measures must be taken, and sooner rather than later. With the forests and non-renewable resources quickly depleting, our leaders will eventually be forced to look at alternative options. Advocates like Stevens are creating a great framework for this radical political and social shift by promoting the use of bamboo in the U.S. and internationally. Although bamboo will not solve all environmental issues, it can play a major role in the global struggle and movement towards sustainable living that upcoming decades will undoubtedly bring.

Lamboo is playing a large part in the use of bamboo materials in the U.S. through our Laminated Veneer Bamboo (LVB) panels in nearly every industry and market. Our materials are being incorporated all across the U.S. (and internationally) for architectural applications including residential, industrial, commercial, and retail markets. Learn more about our products at the links provided below.


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Vital tool to support timber use in construction

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Timber Construction

Aiming to position timber as a first-choice ‘primary and preferred construction material’, Wood First Plus will provide evidence of the credentials of timber from cradle to grave.

Work has begun to create a free online information hub containing all of the environmental and design data necessary for project managers, designers and architects to specify timber as a first choice material.

The hub will be called Wood First Plus, and has been organized by Wood for Good, the UK timber industry promotion and sustainability group, supported by Scottish Enterprise, the Timber Trade Federation, Forestry Commission Scotland and the Timber Research and Development Association.

Building on the arguments of the Wood First campaign, which aims to position timber as a first-choice ‘primary and preferred construction material’, Wood First Plus will provide evidence of the credentials of timber from cradle to grave.

The project is a result of on-going consultation with timber industry organizations and external stakeholders, including contractors groups, architects, professional institutions and many others.

All stakeholders will be able to access whole-life information on timber products free of charge through a dedicated website, managed by Wood for Good.

Individual timber companies will be able to use this data as a basis to develop specific environmental product declarations (EPD) for their products to guarantee their sustainability and traceability.

David Hopkins, Wood for Good’s head of external communications, said: “With the built environment sector now firmly focused on delivering low-carbon, sustainable buildings, being able to quantify the environmental impact of construction materials is becoming increasingly important.

“The aim for Wood First Plus is to provide empirical evidence on the performance of specific wood products, making it easier for construction professionals wishing to build with timber to do so, and helping them to adhere to industry regulations. We look forward to announcing the first set of results later this year.”

The use of wood in construction brings numerous benefits for the environment, the economy, and the community. Trees absorb CO2 and store it, and when used in construction form an important store of atmospheric carbon, helping to limit global warming.

With sustainably managed forests and increased use of timber in construction it is an endlessly renewable process.

Additionally, wood has good thermal performance properties, increasing the energy efficiency and operational performance of a building. Timber framed buildings are often quicker to erect saving on construction cost.

The organization is also calling for a 'Wood First' stipulation in planning guidance that would require wood to be considered, where feasible, as the primary construction material in all publicly-funded new build and refurbishment projects, from housing to bridges to schools.

PE International has been engaged to oversee the collection, analysis and review of all life cycle assessment (LCA) data for a wide range of timber and timber products that will be used in the online tool.

The company has extensive experience in the construction materials sector and in working with the timber industry, having previously completed a major LCA project on US hardwood lumber for the American Hardwood Export Council.

(Excerpt of article from Link2. NOT AFFILIATED WITH LAMBOO)

As more and more organizations return to the basics and look for sustainable options in their projects, the demand for renewable resources such as wood will grow exponentially. Often overlooked by mainstream architecture, is an ancient building material that can meet these demands, bamboo. As a rapidly renewable, high performance, material bamboo can be integrated with other bio based (or renewable) materials to provide truly sustainable buildings and products. Bamboo has a wealth of environmental and performance attributes that make it ideal for the construction and retail markets.

Other articles of interest:

Wood's New Wave

Evolving Building Codes: Wood Revolution

The Virtues of Bamboo

Bamboo Architecture and Construction

What Can Bamboo Do About CO2?

Bamboo As A Carbon Offset: INBAR Does The Math

Can bamboo tackle environmental and poverty concerns?

In Africa’s Vanishing Forests, the Benefits of Bamboo

Nigeria Can Generate 24 Million Jobs From Bamboo Production

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Bamboo As A Carbon Offset: INBAR Does The Math

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Carbon credits are certificates that represent a reduction of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. These reductions are accomplished by projects designed to prevent the generation of greenhouse gases:  they range from windmill farms to geothermal energy projects to biomass alternative energy initiatives to reforestation.

INBAR has taken the reforestation project and put their own bamboo spin on it for Chinese companies.  Carbon credits in the form of bamboo plantation investments are now available for companies.

With so many options available, with so many projects, with traditional hardwood forestry as an option, why invest in bamboo?

  • It grows up to four feet per day so it can be harvested every 4-5 years as opposed to the 25-70 years it can take for traditional hardwoods to mature.
  • It removes CO2 from the air and produces over 30% more oxygen than an equivalent stand of hardwood trees.
  • Below the ground, bamboo’s roots help prevent soil erosion.
  • Bamboo improves soil quality.  The roots remove excess nitrogen and because the plant grows readily with no use of pesticides, fertilizers or herbicides, there is no ground pollution involved.
  • Environmentalists are researching bamboo’s apparent ability to soak up excess nutrients in waste water as an answer to waste issues.

With all these environmentally-friendly qualities, what has kept bamboo off the carbon offset table?

Very simply, a lack of math.  Because bamboo plants have very different growth characteristics than trees, different mechanisms were needed to measure their carbon outputs.  And before now, there was no way to determine how much carbon a bamboo plant can convert.

Thanks to INBAR, the China Green Carbon Foundation and the Zhejiang Agriculture, a methodology now exists that can calculate the amount of carbon available in the massive bamboo plantations in China.  (Well, they actually only account for 2.8% of China’s total forest area but considering the land mass of China, that is a significant chunk.)

“This is a really big breakthrough,” said Yannick Kuehl, a climate change expert at INBAR who helped develop the technique. “This means that now bamboo is recognized as carbon offset, and as a tool for climate change mitigation measures.”

According to Kuehl, more than 10 Chinese companies have pre-ordered carbon credits and the money they pay will go towards planting new bamboo forests in China.  In a country plagued with environmental issues, utilizing the sustainable bamboo plant is a positive step.

(Excerpt of article from Green Earth News. NOT AFFILIATED WITH LAMBOO) 


Possible LEED Credits 

  • MR Credit 6 - Rapidly renewable materials

  • IEQ Credit 4.4 - Low-emitting materials

  • ID Credit 1 - Innovation in Design

    (Environmentally Preferable Material)

  • ID Credit 2 - Innovation in Design

    (Life Cycle Assessment / Environmental Impact)

  • FSC Certification - Available Upon Request

alt  Applicable LEED Points

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Lamboo product information listing with ARCAT

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ARCAT, Inc. is a premier building materials information resource for architects, spec writers, engineers, and contractors. The ARCAT directory/database is designed to be an efficient point of reference to collect information on a variety of building materials and product systems. The strength of ARCAT lies both in its great reputation/reliability and the uniformity of its listings.    

The ARCAT website includes 10,500 manufacturer listings by alpha or CSI section, 9000 BIM Models, 900 specs all in the CSI 3 part format, 300 SpecWizards for automated spec writing and 7,000 CAD Details. All of these files and documents are in a uniform ARCAT format allowing for research that is faster and much easier. Site users can search and download information on multiple products/projects all in same place and format, reducing costs and time for the user. ARCAT is free and requires no registration to use.