Bamboo. It’s been around us all our lives. It’s something we have so much of that we don’t even think about it anymore.
But, after reading architect Rosario Encarnacion-Tan’s book “100 Things about Building with Bamboo,” it turns out bamboo is something we should begin thinking very seriously about.
It’s precisely because we have so much bamboo that we have to think more about it. It’s an abundant, everyday resource so underutilized we haven’t even begun to realize the possibilities of.
Tan’s book is a great bamboo primer.
Bamboo is sustainable. Several species —123, to be exact, out of a total of 550 worldwide species—grow profusely in our tropical Philippine landscape. Although it has to be manually transplanted, bamboo regenerates so quickly that it seems to multiply before our eyes.
It is environmentally friendly, grows easily even in subsoil or sandy soil, and is good for reforestation or erosion control.
(Excerpt of article by Augusto F. Villalon of Philippine Daily Inquirer. NOT AFFILIATED WITH LAMBOO)
Incorporating Lamboo (LVB) Laminated Veneer Bamboo into projects can earn LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification under the following:
- IEQ Credit 4.4 - Low-emitting materials
- ID Credit 1 - Innovation in Design
(Environmentally Preferable Material)
- ID Credit 2 - Innovation in Design
(Life Cycle Assessment / Environmental Impact)
- FSC Certification - Available Upon Request