By Alexander Ruggie
50 million years ago Bamboo evolved from grass to become one of the most versatile plants in existence today. Bamboo grows extremely quickly, it’s sustainable and it can be used for a huge number of different purposes. From a tasty addition to salad to replacing your wood floor, bamboo is quickly becoming a go-to solution for earth conscious home buyers everywhere and builders are starting to take notice. Bamboo can grow all over the planet, which means that construction companies can source it locally proving that it is one of the best tools in our arsenal to combat climate change. Bamboo may be a plant from the ancient past, but it’s also going to be an integral part of our future.
What’s So Great About Bamboo
Bamboo is one of the greenest technologies we have today and we didn’t even create it. The only thing keeping bamboo from replacing plastic as the main source of all our goods is the lack of infrastructure to fully utilize it. It grows at an astonishing rate and in some parts of the world it flourishes so rapidly you can almost watch it grow. This means it can be quickly planted and harvested sustainably for local builders to take advantage of in any home they are working on. Bamboo can be compressed, formed, molded and to anyone’s desired shape, texture or color preference. It has a remarkable tensile strength too which means that it can sustainably replace everything from the flooring to the cabinets, to the 2×4 joists that hold the whole house up. Essentially this one ancient plant has been underutilized and underappreciated for nearly its entire existence. But that’s changing rapidly.
Bamboo for New Homes, or Remodels.
Homeowners who want to be eco-friendly and environmentally conscious have a number of options to incorporate bamboo into their homes without having to make drastic changes. Here are a few ways to add some bamboo into a home that look great and save the planet:
- Cabinets – bamboo has a unique look that other woods can’t achieve.
- Flooring – a durable, easy to clean solution for flooring in all rooms.
- Joists – with compressed and treated bamboo your entire home can be supported by it.
- Wainscot – increase the beauty of a boring wall with bamboo in raw or painted wainscot.
Bamboo has previously been seen as a poor material for construction purposes because of its hollow interior and susceptibility to UV light, but as technology improves so does the ability of bamboo to overcome these barriers to mass production. There are a number of companies that are taking the raw form of bamboo and altering it with matrices of other fibrous renewable materials to enhance the natural qualities of the plant and reduce or even completely eliminate its drawbacks. Builders who utilize the qualities of bamboo are taking advantage of a growing trend in green technology that not only benefits their bottom line with cheaper, locally sourced materials, but also when home buyers look for projects that have been produced sustainably. It won’t be long before entire homes are made with this wonder material, and builders who get in on this trend now will no doubt grow quicker than the bamboo ground floors it started from.
Alexander Ruggie is the PR Director for 911 Restoration, and he has been in the advertising, marketing and entertainment industries for more than a decade. When he isn’t crafting strategies and campaigns to help homeowners in need, he is trying to save the world, one well-worded idea at a time.