Bamboo as renewable Eco-friendly building material
Can Bamboo be used in the construction sector? What is the benefit of using it?
Did you know that the building and construction activities combined account to about 39% of the total global carbon (Co2) emissions (Source: Global Status Report 2017 from World Green Building Council GBC)? That’s quite a lot, right? According to the World GBC, 28% comes from the energy used to heat, cool and light buildings and the remaining 11% comes from embodied carbon emissions or the carbon associated with materials and construction processes throughout the entire building lifecycle
So, can the construction materials impact the greenhouse gas emissions? World GBC estimates that cement and steel emit 8% and 9% respectively of the total amount of greenhouse gas emissions in the world. That is why the construction section can reduce the carbon emission by simply using materials with low or no embodied carbon, interesting…
The question you may ask, can Bamboo be one of these materials? The answer is YES, it can!
Even though Bamboo is a plant and not a tree, its strong natural fiber makes it superior to hardwood and because it’s very flexible and it can be defined to grow into specific shapes
Bamboo is very versatile and can be used for construction of scaffolding, bridges, flooring, roofing, concrete reinforcement, structures and houses.
Source: the ASEAN post
The use of Bamboo as a construction material is far from being new and many countries have been using it to build homes for centuries!
To recap, Bamboo grows much faster than hardwood, consumes much less water, it doesn’t require fertilizers or pesticides to grow, it captures more Carbon and releases more Oxygen, it’s much cheaper but yet remains stronger than hardwood and it is more flexible, how great is that?
Bamboo has everything to be the best material for construction!