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