Monday, November 29, 2010

Kolbe: Offers Engineered Bamboo, "Lamboo", As A New Interior Species Option

Kolbe expands its selection of interior wood species to include a new, special option - Lamboo®, an engineered, laminated veneer bamboo (LVB) product.

“Bamboo is the most renewable material of its kind currently available for the building products industry,” Kolbe’s product and market analyst, Lance Premeau, LEED® Green Associate. “Selected from more than 1600 species of bamboo, Lamboo
® LVB products are manufactured from four of the strongest, fast growing and sustainable species.”

He adds, “Similar in density to Hard Maple, Lamboo
® has no knots or voids and is pressed into two different grain types. The solid, uniform, engineered surface is easy to clean. This low maintenance and long lifecyle is enhanced by bamboo’s natural, antimicrobial properties that also help resist pests, molds and moisture.”

According to Kolbe’s supplier, Lamboo
® Inc. of Springfield, Ill., this LVB product is 20% more stable than wood in moisture and temperature changes, has 10 times the tensile strength of wood, uses 15% less embodied energy than wood, and sequesters 35% more carbon in the growing cycle than timber. As a rapidly renewable material, Lamboo® allows a four- to six-year harvest cycle, about half of the harvest cycle allowable under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Rating System.

In addition to LEED’s Materials and Resources credits, Lamboo’s use of ecologically responsible adhesives also may contribute to Indoor Environmental Quality credits for low-emitting materials within the composite wood and agrifiber products category. In addition to Kolbe’s materials sourcing, recycled content and manufacturing processes, its windows and doors support daylighting, outside views, energy-efficiency and other attributes that are recognized by LEED.

Those who request Kolbe’s Lamboo
® for the interior face of their windows and doors also may select from a choice of stain colors and custom-matched finishes. Kolbe’s products are finished with sensitivity to environmental air quality and the release of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), enhancing these long-lasting, low-maintenance window and doors.

Monday, November 15, 2010

NanaWall Systems Introduces Lamboo® Laminated Bamboo: NanaWall Is First Folding Door System in U.S. Available with Ecologically Responsible Bamboo

NanaWall Systems, the leader in opening glass wall technology, introduces the first folding door system in the U.S. to feature custom-crafted frames of Lamboo® laminated bamboo. This stunning new offering embodies the essence of green design: the Energy Star-Certified NanaWall folding door system incorporating the most ecologically responsible wood-alternative material on the market today.

Visit NanaWall Systems at GreenBuild 2010 in Chicago at booth #1088 November 17-19 to see this latest in green building design.

Consistently leading the way in large opening technology, NanaWall was the first large operable glass wall system to achieve Energy Star ratings, and the first to achieve Dade County Hurricane Certification. NanaWall is also the first large operable glass wall system to offer Triple Glazing and Ornilux® Bird Protection Glass. Now NanaWall continues in this tradition of innovation by becoming the first operable glass wall company to offer Lamboo laminated bamboo in a folding door system.

“We chose Lamboo because our customers requested more ecologically responsible material to use in LEED® certified projects,” said Ebrahim Nana, president of NanaWall Systems. "We already offer FSC wood but Lamboo takes the concept one step further and is recognized as a rapidly renewable resource by the U.S. Green Building Council."

Lamboo products meet criteria for 2011 "CALGreen" A4.405.4 (Use of building materials from renewable sources) and contribute to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification under MR Credit 6 - Rapidly renewable materials, IEQ Credit 4.4 - Low-emitting materials; ID Credit 1 - Innovation in Design (Environmentally Preferable Material), and ID Credit 2 - Innovation in Design (Life Cycle Assessment / Environmental Impact).

Lamboo is available with NanaWall’s WD65 wood-framed system and WA67 aluminum-clad wood-framed system.

Lamboo is an engineered bamboo product that is structurally superior to its wood counterparts. With three grain and two color choices available, it is not only structurally stable but aesthetically pleasing. The production process uses 15 percent less embodied energy than that of engineered wood and 300 percent less embodied energy than aluminum and steel. Lamboo on average is 20 percent more stable than wood in moisture and temperature changes, ten times stronger than wood in tension and three times stronger mechanically. Bamboo sequesters 35 percent more carbon than its tree counter parts and also produces 30 percent more oxygen than a like-sized timber forest area.

About NanaWall Systems

NanaWall Systems
has over 25 years of experience and is the exclusive North American partner of Solarlux, Germany, the world leader in operable glass wall technology. NanaWall Systems’ opening glass walls provide flexible solutions to large architectural openings, from 8 feet to 320 feet and are used in houses, condominiums, restaurants, stadiums, schools and more. Nine of the NanaWall systems have been rated, certified and labeled in accordance with National Fenestration Rating Council 100/200. With certain glass options, Energy Star U value and SHGC requirements for certain climate zones can be met. The NanaWall is unrivaled in the industry for exceeding standards for air infiltration, water penetration, structural performance and forced entry. The NanaWall SL72 and SL73 aluminum folding systems are Miami-Dade County approved and can be used in hurricane areas. NanaWall Systems is a member of the U.S. Green Building Association. The aluminum-framed NanaWall uses recyclable aluminum with non-toxic powder-coated finishes. The wood-framed NanaWall can be FSC certified upon request and uses water-based finishes.

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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Lamboo, Inc. Supplies Structural Components For Glulam Beams & Members

Lamboo Inc. has recently partnered with Western Structures, providing Lamboo LVB structiural material for glulam beams and other structural members for the US and International commercial construction market.

Western Structures, Inc., established in 1989, is a manufacturer of custom, top-quality glulam beams. They have carved a name for themselves among builders, architects and developers all over the world. Western Structures products can be found in high profile projects and residences across the United States. In Japan, where quality is revered and demanded, Western is the leading US exporter of custom beams.

Western Structures
is an APA certified mill. Western is also approved for other markets including Japan’s JAS Certification. Their entire production line is geared to deliver the best quality product within an industry-leading turnaround time. The facility, based in Eugene, Oregon, is both flexible and efficient. Since 1989, Western has continuously upgraded their equipment, added new machinery and expanded the original footprint of the plant.

offers services--whether in design, fabrication or technical support--that sets their company apart from other competitors. Western Structures looks at every project with an enthusiasm not readily found these days and is passionate about their business and yours, too.

Lamboo, Inc.
Western Structures, Inc.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Lamboo Inc - Sustainability At Its Best

Lamboo Inc. is a technology company that specializes in the manufacturing of engineered structural & architectural bamboo for building projects worldwide. Bamboo consumes little energy while producing a material with enormous advantages in mechanical properties. In its engineered form laminated bamboo provides great rigidity, uniformity, stability, and strength. Our research and product development is focused on the following:

* Structural Elements

* Window & Door Components

* Interior Panels & Veneer

* Exterior Panels & Veneer

* Aviation And Nautical Panels & Veneer

Lamboo Inc. utilizing the most rapidly renewable, high yield fiber resource on the planet, is introducing an alternative high performance building product. Through species and adhesive selection, and proprietary lamination processes, Lamboo technology is leading the structural engineered bamboo industry.

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Lamboo Inc.
Research and Development has been underway since January of 2005. Through stringent testing and plant analysis, Lamboo has identified 4 out of 1600 bamboo species that have stable cellular structure, mechanical properties and optimal yield characteristics. Test results show that bamboo has high tensile strength, high stability, and excellent compression properties. The average modulus of elasticity is higher than Southern Yellow Pine and Douglas Fir which gives Lamboo the opportunity to be produced in longer spans.

Lamboo In Architectural Mill Work

Lamboo R&D encompasses multiple levels of analysis including: Species, Growth Cycle, Carbon Sequestration, Climate, Regions, Adhesives, Manufacturing, and Logistics. Lamboo, Inc. is dedicated to remaining an innovative, environmentally responsible company. We will continue to conduct research to find the best quality, most efficient, and most renewable resources and processes. Lamboo’s proprietary lamination process and technology, positions us to be as sustainable as our products.

Lamboo Beams

All of us at Lamboo Inc. hope that you use our site as a great resource for your next project.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Lamboo Inc Partners With Point Five Windows

Lamboo Inc. is proud to have partnered with Point Five Windows & Doors.

Point Five is a custom window & door manufacturer that supply high end, custom residential & resort window, curtain wall, and door systems. Point Five Windows offers the finest materials and workmanship for your fenestration needs. Their capabilities include, but are not limited to, radius, bent and oversize units, as well as an array of glazing possibilities.

Point Five Windows and Doors grace homes across the country, from Malibu to Aspen to Kiawah Island and the Bahamas. 2 of 3 homes recently for sale in the US that are valued over $100 million used Point Five Windows.

From the wood to the insulated glass units, Point Five manufactures all product components in their 50,000 sq. ft. facility. With a customer base that consists primarily of architects who build exceptional custom homes around the country, many of these homes are more than 25,000 sq. ft. in size and typically located in resort and vacation destinations. However, Point Five shows great diversity as they have also re-designed historical windows for restoration projects in various parts of the country.

Take a look at the products of Point Five, where every detail underscores their respect for the craft and artistry of architectural expression.

Contact Point Five to see how you can integrate exceptional products as well as innovative and sustainable products, such as Lamboo Vue window & door components.

Lamboo Inc. Architectural & Structural Bamboo

Point Five Windows & Doors

Lamboo & Kolbe - 2010 Green Product Awards

Lamboo Inc. is excited to have been represented in the running for the DWM, Door & Window Manufacturer, 2010 Green Product Awards.
Lamboo® Vue™ window & door component material was selected as an honorable nominee in the Green Products for 2010 for its sustainability and performance.

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Along with Lamboo Vue Components being recognized, Kolbe & Kolbe Windows & Doors, a partner of Lamboo Inc., won the 2010 Green Award under the Window Manufacturer Category. Kolbe provides energy efficient, high quality, innovative, and sustainable windows and are including Lamboo Vue components within their designs and species selection. Lamboo Inc. is excited to be partnered with leading innovators in the window industry such as Kolbe & Kolbe Windows & Doors.

LAMBOO® is superior in strength as well as aesthetically pleasing, which allows it to be easily incorporated into window and door manufacturing. Kolbe Windows & Doors uses the best materials in the market and with their superior craftsmanship, produces the finest windows and doors available. Kolbe's products range from a variety of architectural window and door applications including the following:


  • Casements
  • Awnings
  • Single & Double Hungs
  • Sliders
  • Radius
  • Geometrics
  • Bows & Bays
  • Picture Windows
  • Specialty Windows
  • TerraSpan™ Lift & Slide and Folding Doors
  • Sliding Patio Doors
  • Swinging Patio Doors
  • Inswing & Outswing Entrance Doors / Craftsman Doors
  • Kolbe Advantage Interior Doors
  • Fiberglass Entrance Doors
Kolbe Windows & Doors can achieve a very broad number of products that can fit well with any project.

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