Bamboo. A green building materials presentation by Hisa Kominami (CDAE170). Bamboos are a diverse and primitive group of perennial plants in the true grass family
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A green building materials presentation by Hisa Kominami (CDAE170)
They are widely distributed throughout parts of the world, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region
It grows primarily in tropical and subtropical areas but several species grow in temperate areas
There are approximately 2000 species world wide, of which between 50 – 100 are being used by humans
Bamboo species vary in height from 1 ft to over 100 ft tall and have stem diameters ranging from 1 mm to 30 cm
Certain species can grow up to 1 ft/day!!What is bamboo?
- Is excellent at sequestering carbon and releasing oxygen (can sequester up to 12 tons of carbon dioxide from the air per hectare and release 35% more oxygenthan equivalent stands of trees)
- Prevents soil erosion and maintains watershed integrity and soil health
- Provides habitats and food for a variety of species (Giant Panda, Mountain Bongo, lesser bamboo bat, etc)
- The current estimated trade in bamboo is 5 billion U.S. dollars
- Bamboo related industries provide food, income, and housing to over 2.2 billion people
Five story parking garage at the Leipzig Zoo using bamboo for the building’s envelope
Octagon Gazebo by Bamboo Technologies of Hawaii