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 p
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 it
Lamboo and Canducci are pleased to announce the expansion of their collaborative efforts to develop the most eco-sustainable building systems with low energy consumption throughout Europe and surrounding regions. The Canducci Group is the premier European structural material specialist and glu-lam fabricator with a remarkable history of diversity, innovation, culture, and natural stewardship in the wood construction industry. Lamboo Inc.’s structural laminated veneer bamboo (LVB) technology signifies the next generation of greenbuilding products due to its superior structural, thermal performance, durability, uniformity, and sustainable attributes. This alliance brings new possibilities to the forefront of ecologically aware architecture and the firms’ shared commitment to quality and creativity.
“The spread of Lamboo’s structural laminated veneer bamboo (LVB) technology throughout Europe requires the expertise and authenticity of construction industry professionals like the Canducci Group,” said Luke Schuette, President of Lamboo Inc. “Both of our firms know that collaboration grows market awareness, and we believe that our partnership will significantly multiply the integration of this technology in the European market with noteworthy professionalism.” Here, the Canducci Group’s large network of influence and capacity to innovate becomes central:
“The construction sector is highly orientated towards stronger, more efficient, more durable materials, and I personally believe structural laminated veneer bamboo (LVB) has all the credentials to push the construction quality beyond expected limits”; “Today’s architects ask for longer life spans, higher volume, and fancy finished materials: Lamboo’s advanced technology offers these performances and more; it is what we were looking for!,” added Davide Canducci, CEO of Canducci Group srl.
At both Lamboo Inc. and the Canducci Group new tools, networks, and technology are being developed to help evolve the excellence expected in their industries. Together Lamboo Inc. and Canducci are pioneering biocompatible design of engineered glued laminated bamboo structures to elevate the aesthetics and performance of materials in the XXI century.
Lamboo, Inc. is an American material technology and manufacturing company founded with the combined experience of seasoned architects, structural engineers, material scientists, and biotechnology specialists. Anchored by a culture of innovation, our nonnegotiable purpose is the development of sustainable design technology for high-performance OEM applications as well as architectural, structural, and design industries worldwide. Lamboo Inc. aspires to be a corporate change-maker through ground-breaking products, sustainable practices, and distinguished partnerships. www.lamboo.us
The Canducci Group is a long-established glued laminated service company with roots in the market of timber and bamboo construction, both in Italy and the international building sector. The Canducci Group’s deep knowledge of structure and design, together with a firm commitment to the engineering design process, make the firm a reliable partner able to meet every kind of architectural request related to glued laminated structures. The Canducci Group shows consistent commitment since 1940 to advanced engineered solutions, top quality raw materials, specialized human resources, rigorous safety norms, reliability and punctuality, and cost-efficiency. www.canducci1940.it
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:
Kolbe Windows & Doors
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
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 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
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.
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.
For more information on the show or Lamboo products, please contact us
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:
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
(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)
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
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
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 retailmarkets. Learn more about our products at the links provided below.
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
“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
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
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.
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)
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.
Lamboo is taking advantage of the ARCAT system through the
use of a company profile. On the Profile product information and specifications
will be made available for individuals and companies interested in using Lamboo
products, all free of charge. Lamboo currently maintains an expansive Resource
Library on our website but is pleased to add this simple yet powerful profile
as a resource for ARCAT users.
The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon (SD) is an
award-winning program that challenges collegiate teams to design, build
and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective,
energy-efficient and attractive. The resulting homes demonstrate to
students, the public and industry, that solar-powered houses are fully
functional, comfortable and sustainable living spaces. SD aims to
promote collaboration in the solar industry and to facilitate innovation
and adoption of solar energy and energy-efficiency technologies.
During the competition, the energy consumed by each house is
generated by solar energy solutions. The competition will assess the
team’s ability to conserve energy, control their physical environment
and ability to be fully energy sufficient. Modeled after the Olympic
decathlon competition, each home will be evaluated on their performance
in ten contests.
Since the launch of the Solar Decathlon in 2002, six subsequent
competitions have been hosted in the U.S. and Europe, involving over 100
collegiate teams. The competition demonstrates innovation in the solar
industry’s innovation and identifies immediately viable technologies.
In Washington D.C., on the afternoon of January 18, 2011, China’s
National Energy Administration (NEA), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE),
Peking University (PKU) and Applied Materials signed the Solar Decathlon
China (SD China) Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), launching this
premier international competition for the first time in Asia as one of
the Sino-US energy collaborative programs.
According to the memorandum:
… the Governments of the United States of America and the People's
Republic of China have a common goal in fostering sustainable economic
and social development while encouraging the use of renewable energy
sources and recognize that solar energy development and use is an
important part of their collaboration …
Solar Decathlon China will be hosted by the National Energy
Administration and the U.S. Department of Energy, organized by Peking
University, and supported by private companies. For more information,
see the Solar Decathlon China website.
The first Solar Decathlon China will take place in Datong, China, in August 2013. Teams from all over the globe will be participating. See the full list of teams here.
Lamboo, Inc. is a proud supporter of the Solar Decathlon
programs both here in the U.S. and abroad. Lamboo began its involvement
with the 2009 competition supporting the University of Illinois team.
This team constructed the "Gable Home" which took 1st place
in North America and 2nd overall in the international competition.
Since that competition, Lamboo materials have been incorporated in
another University of Illinois Solar Decathlon project as well as
expanding to other universities such as UNC Charlotte.
U of I Solar Decathlon House 2009
U of I Solar Decathlon House 2011
The team consisting of Ghent University, New York University-Polytechnic Institute, and the Worcester Polytechnic Institute will be integrating Lamboo (Laminated Veneer Bamboo, LVB) materials in their 2013 Solar Decathlon China project.
These materials will be showcased throughout the project in both interior and exterior applications.
structural bamboo products
laminated veneer bamboo
The sustainable (green) building movement is a major trend in design and construction
of commercial and public buildings. The United States Green Building
Council has coordinated the establishment and evolution of a national
consensus effort to provide the industry with the tools necessary to
design, build and operate buildings that deliver high performance inside
and outside the building footprint.
They have developed the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
standard, which is a rating system based on optimum site selection and
sustainability, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere optimization,
materials and resources (renewable and recyclable base), and indoor
environmental quality. The LEED process is a systematic approach where
building design and construction needs to meet various requirements in
the five segments to reach a certain rating level, and LEED
certification is voluntary. Whether it be a school, library, government
building or your office, you probably have been in a LEED building.
people in the building industry are looking for ways to adapt to this
changing environment in the private and public sectors. We know that
buildings consume annually more than 30 percent of the nation’s total
energy, and more than 60 percent of the electricity. Research has
demonstrated that green design measures in new buildings reduce
operating costs, enhance building marketability, increase worker
productivity and reduce potential liability resulting from indoor air
Most of the Fortune 100 companies now use LEED as their preferred
method to construct new or renovated buildings. Dupont’s latest new
building, the Renaissance office at Chestnut Run, will receive their
LEED certification in June, and boasts several DuPont-created
sustainable products that are growing their business and creating and maintaining well-paying jobs.
General Services Administration has used LEED for renovations and new
construction of federal buildings for several years, which has
translated into a 20 percent reduction in energy costs
in GSA building since 2003, and a 19 percent water use reduction since
2007. Recently, during a mandated review of sustainable building
systems, the GSA’s Green Building Advisory Council has recommended to
GSA leadership to continue the use of LEED in future building
The practices of green building and LEED certification have been shown to save taxpayers millions of dollars and increase energy efficiency. The Senate is looking to build on this data through a well-crafted energy efficiency initiative.
Efforts to thoroughly study the role that plants play in climate
change mitigation are increasing. Most researchers focus on the promise
of large, leafy forest trees to help remove carbon from the atmosphere. This is because, generally speaking, the bigger the plant, the more CO2 it absorbs -
and trees are the most obvious large plant species. However, there are
some very large non-tree plants in the world and increasing evidence
points to a surprising grassy climate change warrior: bamboo.
One species of bamboo, the Guadua Angustifolia,
found in Venezuela, Ecuador, and Colombia, has been shown to grow up to
25 meters in height and 22 centimeters in diameter, with each plant
weighing up to 100 kilograms. This doesn’t
match the stature of many trees, but it is still big enough to be
significant. It is not all about size, however. How fast a plant grows
has a part in determining how much CO2 it can absorb in a given time. In this respect, bamboo wins hands-down: it grows faster than many trees, growing up to 1.2 meters per day. In fact, bamboo holds the Guinness World Record for the world’s fastest growing plant.
Bamboo’s other advantage is that it has great strength and flexibility,
making it an ideal low-cost building material in many parts of Africa,
Asia, and Latin America, areas where it is native. This means that
bamboo in a plantation can regularly be chopped down and used to build
houses and other structures, where the carbon remains sequestered for an
average of 80 years, and that the plantation will recover quickly due to the fast growth rate. Because of this, the World Bank recently financed a project in Ecuador proposed by the International Network for Bamboo and Rattan
(INBAR), an intergovernmental organization dedicated to improving the
livelihoods of the poor producers and users of bamboo and rattan. The
project is called ‘Elevated bamboo houses to protect communities in
flood zones’ and has so far succeeded in developing and implementing
techniques to construct ecological flood-resistant housing for
low-income families using a type of bamboo that is native to Ecuador.
Bamboo’s carbon sequestration properties have been studied in countries where it naturally forms wild forests, such as Mexico (Castañeda, 2006) and China (Song, 2011). Contributing to these efforts, Ricardo Rojas Quiroga—an environmental engineering student at the Universidad Nuestra Señora de La Paz—studied
Guadua Angustifolia, a species of bamboo that grows in the Carrasco
National Park of Bolivia. He measured the density and masses of bamboo
plants in the forest, estimating the amount of carbon stored per
hectare. Rojas concluded that, in addition to forming part of one of the
most biodiverse ecosystems in the world, each hectare of the bamboo
forest of Carrasco National Park stores levels of carbon comparable to
some large tree species such as Chinese fir and oak. This finding is
consistent with that of many previous studies, a review of which can be
found in this 2010 report by INBAR.
This research is important because concrete numbers can more easily
persuade policy-makers of the importance of bamboo forests, as well as
other natural resources, in mitigating and adapting to climate change.
For example, China has a native giant species of bamboo called Moso
bamboo. One hectare (an area roughly the size of an athletics track) of
this species can store up to 250 tons of carbon. Using data on CO2 emissions
from the World Bank, this translates into the amount of carbon that was
produced in 2009 by around 160 people in China (or, equivalently, 50
people in the U.S.A.). Each year, a hectare of Moso bamboo absorbs 5.1
tons of carbon, which can compensate for the CO2 emissions of
three people in China (or one person in the U.S.A.). For reference,
China has 3.37 million hectares of Moso bamboo (according to the State Forestry Administration of China) which accounts for around three percent of China’s total forest area.
Once the relevant data has been collected, similar calculations can
and should be performed for more countries, enabling politicians to
allocate resources and priorities more effectively. It is important to
note that INBAR and the other studies do offer a word of caution.
Prioritization of one species over another for the purposes of carbon
sequestration must take care, as figures are highly dependent on
geographical and climatic conditions. It must also take into
consideration the compatibility of the plants with the ecosystems in
Ultimately, the most effective solution to climate change is to decrease CO2
emissions by reducing dependence on fossil fuels. But, since a stage of
zero emissions is highly unlikely in the near future, forests play a
vital role in drive towards a more achievable state of carbon
neutrality. Additionally, if countries such as those in South America
can prove that their forests are removing not just their own country’s
CO2, but also a lot of the carbon produced by other
countries, it could be used to provoke rich, highly-polluting countries
into contributing more towards the protection of these precious
The “Green Building” movement is gathering momentum worldwide as
businesses increasingly see attractive economic returns and
social-environmental benefits from enhancing the overall sustainability
of their operations, including initiatives to conserve and enhance
efficiencies with regard to energy, water and other natural resources.
Green building market: Moving from supply-push to demand-pull
green building activities among businesses worldwide, McGraw-Hill
Construction and United Technologies Corp. (UTC) found that 51 percent
of survey respondents expect that more than 60 percent of their
operations will be green by 2015. That’s a big increase from the 28
percent that expect the same in 2013, and double the 13 percent from
2008, according to McGraw-Hill Construction’s press release.
report confirms that the green building movement has shifted from
‘push’ to ‘pull’—with markets increasingly demanding no less than green
buildings,” John Mandyck, chief sustainability officer, UTC Climate, Controls & Security, was quoted as saying.
has been a decided shift toward focusing on green building among
business executives and management, the researchers found. Green
building has become a business imperative in economies worldwide. The
top driver in the 2008 Green Building report was “doing the right
thing.” In 2012, client and market demand are the key factors driving
green building initiatives, according to the report authors.
Returns, benefits from doing the right thing
A resonance has
developed in recent years whereby business opportunities and expected
benefits of green building are matching up: 76 percent of respondents
reported that green building lowers operating costs, with more than
one-third pointing to higher building values (38 percent), quality
assurance (38 percent), and future-proofing assets (36 percent) as
tangible benefits and returns on investment.
"The acceleration of the green building marketplace
around the world is creating markets for green building products and
technologies, which in turn will lead to faster growth of green
building,” commented Harvey Bernstein, vice president of Industry
Insights and Alliances at McGraw-Hill Construction.
"And the fact
that green is growing in all parts of the world indicates that there are
market opportunities in both established markets as well as developing
One of the most important elements regarding green building projects is the materials that the buildings are constructed with. There are a variety of products from natural, recycled, and synthetic sources that improve efficiency and performance, yet many are still of a finite nature.
The most unrecognized yet potentially successful (and Sustainable) material for this green movement is bamboo, particularly in engineered form. Bamboo is one of the most rapidly renewable plant sources that is also remarkably strong and resilient. Bamboo reaches maturity in 6-8 years and after harvesting will regrow from the roots with no replanting necessary. Bamboo is also renowned for its great oxygen production and carbon sequestration; a great positive environmental impact. Once in engineered form (Laminated Veneer Bamboo LVB) the material has great thermal and performance attributes that makes it ideal for energy efficient systems built for longevity.
ADDIS ABABA , Apr 8 2013 (IPS) - A
combination of an abundance of bamboo and eager foreign investment is
making Ethiopia a frontier for the bamboo industrial revolution in
Africa, according to this country’s government.
“Ethiopia has the resources, the investment, a rapidly-developing
manufacturing industry and a strong demand for our bamboo products from
foreign markets. We have what we need. The expansion of Africa’s bamboo
sector has begun,” Ethiopia’s State Minister for Agriculture and Rural
Development Mitiku Kassa told IPS.
Ethiopia currently has the largest area – one million hectares – of
commercially untapped bamboo in East Africa, making it attractive to
investment partners from the bamboo industry. However, the Ministry of
Agriculture and Rural Development told IPS that they were unwilling to
disclose any figures on the bamboo economy, but added that there had
been no formal bamboo economy in Ethiopia until 2012.
“The market potential of bamboo in Europe is massive. We believe that
there can be a reliable and effective supply chain built here in
Ethiopia to create a bamboo manufacturing industry,” said Felix Boeck,
an associate engineer at Africa Bamboo PLC, a public-private partnership
set up with Ethiopian partners and supported by the German Development Cooperation in 2012. The partnership plans to invest 10 million euros over the next five
years in their Ethiopia-based manufacturing operation.
In comparison to soft wood trees that can take 30 years to reach
maturity, bamboo is a fully mature resource after three years, making it
commercially and environmentally sustainable.
Sub-Saharan Africa has three million hectares of bamboo forest,
around four percent of the continent’s total forest cover. Ethiopia
plans to increase its bamboo cover to two million hectares over the next
Small-scale Ethiopian bamboo farmers like Ghetnet Melaku are
enthusiastic to participate in the development of the bamboo sector, if
investment in its expansion is inclusive of small farmers.
“I am just making enough money to subsist by producing bamboo for the
local craft market and, if I had the opportunity, I would like to
increase my capacity for skilled production and a better financial
return,” Melaku told IPS.
The International Network for Bamboo and Rattan
(INBAR) is an intergovernmental organization that assists governments,
businesses and local communities to identify innovative bamboo-based
opportunities for human development.
It is helping sensitise African governments to the high potential of
bamboo as a versatile and renewable resource that can generate
sustainable development. According to INBAR, one billion people around
the world use bamboo in their daily lives as housing material, fencing
and food, and in craft production, etc.
“If properly managed, this highly versatile resource could spur
economic growth in a world export market valued at two billion dollars
in 2011, reduce deforestation and cut carbon emissions,” INBAR director
general J. Coosje Hoogendoorn told IPS.
Deforestation has ravaged Africa’s environment – the carbon emissions
from burning timber on the continent alone are expected to reach 6.7
million tonnes by 2050. As 90 percent of the population in sub-Saharan
Africa use firewood or charcoal to cook, the development of an
alternative resource like bamboo has become essential.
“Sourcing fuel for cooking food is integral to food security,” said
Hoogendoorn. “Rice, maize and pulses all require heat to become edible.
Renewable alternatives like bamboo can help minimize deforestation
caused by the logging of soft timber wood for cooking fuel and house
Ethiopia’s government has prohibited the creation of charcoal from
burnt wood for retail and is actively advocating sustainable
alternatives such as bamboo.
“Bamboo is a major untapped resource for Ethiopia. We are pushing to
grow and conserve our bamboo resources. We are starting to work with
farmers and enterprises to encourage and develop this sector for the
country’s economic and environmental benefit. We are working to undo
unsustainable practices and advocate new alternatives,” State Minister
Kassa told IPS.
Although Ethiopia has one of the highest deforestation rates in
Africa, it has increased its national forest cover to seven percent from
three percent a decade ago, out of an original 40 percent. Hoogendorn
said that governments needed to make financial resources available to
enterprises that wished to develop Africa’s bamboo industry.
“We want governments to put structures in place that offer financial
support such as micro finance and that remove any hindrance for
investors in the bamboo market, so that when companies want to set up a
bamboo industry they have access to financial support,” he said.
High demand for Ethiopia’s agricultural output such as bamboo can
drive growth and development for the country’s poor if it generates
employment opportunities and remains non-exploitative towards farm
workers and the land, said research fellow Steve Wiggins from the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). The ODI is the United Kingdom’s leading independent think tank on international development and humanitarian issues.
“It is good if there is another source of demand for farm produce, so
long as the economics of bamboo offer decent returns to land and
labour, equitable deals can be struck in the supply chain, and the crop
is environmentally sustainable,” Wiggins told IPS.
While bamboo production in Asia carries connotations of unsustainable
forestry practices and illegal logging, INBAR is working to share
lessons learned and bring bamboo production in Africa’s market up to the
“Sustainable management of a country’s bamboo sector is extremely
important to the future of a country’s market, especially if that
country is wanting to export its products to the European market where
laws stipulate conformity to high sustainability standards,” Hoogendoorn
As the industrial development of bamboo in Africa is in its infancy,
investors have until recently been cautious about ploughing large
amounts of money into a market whose dividends are relatively unknown.
“We are ready for the same industrial revolution in bamboo
development that Ethiopia is currently experiencing,” Andrew Akwasi
Oteng-Amoako, the chief research scientist at the Forestry Research
Institute in Ghana, told IPS.
He lamented that although his West African country had an abundance
of bamboo, it failed to secure the same investment as Ethiopia.
“We anticipate a revival of investment interest in Ghana’s bamboo
industry in the near future thanks to Ethiopia’s success,” Oteng-Amoako
Bamboo not only creates jobs for residents of the country of origin but
has the potential in creating thousands of jobs in secondary fabrication and
installation in those regions using the material.
Bamboo as a resource is unmatched in its potential as
a structurally stable renewable building
material. Bamboo produces 30% more oxygen and sequesters 35% more carbon
than a like sized timber forest area. With a growth rate of 6-8 years
to maturity (compared to timber 25-50) and root structure that
eliminates the need for replanting bamboo can be produced on a large
scale with much more ease than timber forests cutting costs and limiting
energy consumption. Learn more about the amazing attributes of bamboo here.
Green buildings is on a rise to be a mainstay in Southeast Asia and proving its value at BEX Asia
Sustainability has changed business practices in
Southeast Asia greatly. Three companies in Singapore have made it to the
exclusive Global 100 list, which consists of the world’s most
sustainable companies. The companies are City Developments Limited
(CDL), CapitaLand and StarHub.
In Singapore, the building sector is one of the
biggest contributors to carbon emission. Therefore, developers and
businesses are increasingly aware of the need to not just implement
sustainable business practices, but also to influence their
Singapore is among the leading cities in skyrise
greening with over 50 hectares of rooftop greenery in public and private
The Housing Development Board has also come up with
labour saving technology like the Prefabricated Extensive Greening roof
system, which allows plants to thrive without irrigation and uses
lightweight plastic trays which are easy to install.
Other countries in the region are also expected to invest in the green movement.
In Thailand, USD13 billion may be needed over two
decades by the energy efficiency and green construction sector. This
conclusion comes after a report on energy efficiency spending between
2003 and 2011. Currently the sector is anticipating the positive effect
of energy efficiency, green building standards and certification which
will drive growth in the industry. Also the Philippines is positioning
itself as the regional hub of multinational corporations (MNCs), and the
demand for environment-friendly smart buildings is gaining traction. A
third of MNCs want their local headquarters in an “intelligent,”
eco-friendly skyscraper. This was revealed by architects, urban
planners, a real estate expert and a consultant for environment
While in Malaysia, the government is currently
working on a plan to convert all light bulbs in Government buildings to
energy-saving bulbs. The Malaysian Government spends RM2.7bil a year on
energy costs, and this does not include the electricity bill for
statutory bodies. It is expected that the Government can save an
estimated of at least RM800mil across the board if they switched to LED
Although the role of policymakers and government
officers is central in driving the building and construction industry to
design and develop green buildings, it is a three prong approach –
where government, building professionals and the community, all play an
All this and more will be discussed at the
International Green Building Conference (IGBC) 2013, held in conjunction
with BEX Asia 2013 on the 11-13 September 2013 at the Marina Bay Sands,
and is supported by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) and
Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC). BCA will also unveil the 3rd
Green Building Masterplan, launch new Green Mark Schemes and latest
updates on Green Mark at IGBC 2013.
Lamboo is working internationally to promote sustainability through the use of green practices and building materials with the integration of bamboo into building and manufacturing markets. Bamboo is a remarkable plant that has a plethora of green benefits. Additionally in it's engineered form (Laminated Veneer Bamboo, LVB) bamboo based products and systems far exceed other materials both in performance and longevity.
Lamboo, Inc. is pleased to announce they will be attending
the Annual Sustainable Products Vendor Exhibit 2013 put on by Harper College
that will take place on April 16, 2013 in Palatine, IL. This exhibit is sponsored
by Harper Interior Design NKBA/ASID Student Club as part of their annual
program. Lamboo, Inc. can be found at booth A236.
At the Sustainable Products Vendor Exhibit, Lamboo, Inc. presents
the opportunity to network with the Greater Chicago Area and to showcase its
sustainable products. This event will be attended by many design professionals
and students who are looking for high performance and innovative materials for
Lamboo, Inc. will promote through green construction and
sustainable building solutions the use of their manufactured engineered bamboo products
for structural, architectural, and industrial applications. At the Sustainable
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As a technology and manufacturing company,
Lamboo, Inc. offers enhanced performance over traditional forms of construction
material to the environment, the building industry, and architects/engineers
throughout the world.