In a Nutshell - Bamboo Is BetterBamboo

Not only is bamboo the best eco-friendly alternative to building with timber from a green perspective, it actually performs better in University tests that measure things like tensile and compression strength. And in real world events like hurricanes and earthquakes, well-constructed bamboo homes (like the ones we create) stand strong while conventionally-built structures often don't.

Here's a few reasons why building with bamboo is just plain better.

 


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  Wood
Strength
As strong as mild steel with the compression strength of concrete. Amazingly, one inch of bamboo can hold up to 7 1/2 tons of weight.   In 1992, 95% of all homes were built with softwoods like Douglas fir. University studies show softwoods can't match bamboo's compression and tensile strength.

Termites
Tests show that termites refuse to eat even untreated bamboo.
  Termites continue to cause significant damage to wood homes, requiring continued treatment with chemicals.

Hurricanes
Bamboo Living Homes surpass the toughest hurricane codes in the USA, and in 1995, our homes withstood three back-to-back hurricanes with 173 mph winds.
  Recent tests show that conventionally built wood homes can't stand up to even 100 mph winds. 

Earthquakes  
Bamboo bends instead of breaks. In April 1991, twenty bamboo houses built for the National Bamboo Foundation in Costa Rica suffered no structural damage from a 7.5 Richter scale earthquake, despite being directly over the epicenter.
  The same earthquake leveled scores of conventionally built homes, hotels, and resorts. (Read the article in Washington's Observer Reporter)

Indoor Air Quality
Our homes exceed California Air Resources Board standards. And all of our materials are minimally treated with natural borates to better resist mold and mildew.
  New home construction increasingly uses "manufactured" woods like particle board bonded with adhesives and polymer materials.
       

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