Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Lamboo Inc. Partners with Canducci Group to Form the Most Eco-Sustainable Building Systems


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.

Company Information

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

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

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


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: info@lamboo.us or 866-966-2999

              

     Kolbe Windows & Doors                                                 Panda Windows & Doors 
        Booth #4441                                                                        Booth #3824

                                
                   H Window                                                                       Alamco Wood Products
                 Booth #1150                                                                              Booth #724


NanaWall
Booth #2231

For more information on the show or Lamboo products, please contact us info@lamboo.us or 866-966-2999




Thursday, May 29, 2014

Lamboo® Rainscreen™ Systems Now Available


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.
Tel: +1-866-966-2999

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Engineered Bamboo Solar Structures by Lamboo Technologies


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

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.

Lamboo® Automotive Charging Stations

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® Canopy Systems

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.

Please contact us for more information on pricing and delivery of full systems with or without installation.
info@lamboo.us
Tel: +1-866-966-2999

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

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


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.

Visit a gallery of more photos here.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Lamboo Features in Springfield Business Journal


 “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.



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


Thursday, September 12, 2013

Lamboo Inc. Earns USDA Recognition for Biobased Products

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. To learn more about the USDA Certified Biobased Product Label please visit www.biopreferred.gov, and follow on Twitter at http://twitter.com/BioPreferred.

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.


Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Lamboo Wins Governor’s Export Award

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 henrik@lamboo.us

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Research suggests a wooden future for skyscrapers


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?

Sustainability 


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.


(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?

Certifications

Product Information

Research

Thursday, July 18, 2013

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


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.