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Lumboo: Dimensional Lumber Made from Bamboo

Posted By Philip Proefrock On July 1, 2010 @ 6:05 pm In Green Materials | 2 Comments

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Green designers are well aware that bamboo [2] is a rapidly-renewable resource whose production has less of an environmental impact than the production of other wood products. Bamboo flooring [3] is well-trod territory now, and bamboo panels [3] are becoming increasingly prevalent, as well. Now, Cali Bamboo’s Lumboo [4] offers a dimensional lumber material that is made from bamboo.

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Lumboo [4] is an extremely tough engineered material. It is made by assembling long strips of shredded bamboo in a press and then adding a low-VOC resin and compressing it with several hundred thousand pounds of force. This creates a dense, heavy material that looks like dimensional lumber at a distance. It is naturally termite resistant due to the high silica content of the bamboo.

However, due to its consistency, it can be difficult to work with. It cannot be readily nailed — pre-drilling and screwing are recommended for assembly — and very sharp saws are recommended for any cutting. Lumboo pieces are also smaller than comparable dimensional lumber. The distributor for Lumboo is a bamboo fencing company, and the primary uses for Lumboo is for fence posts and rails, but other uses for the material are certainly possible.

Importing bamboo long distances [6] may not be as desirable as using more locally supplied wood, but the tradeoffs between harvesting impact and transport impact may tip the scales toward using bamboo materials [6] in some cases, even if they need to be transported from farther away.

+ Cali Bamboo [4]


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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2010/07/lumboo-ed01.jpg

[2] bamboo: http://www.inhabitat.com/index.php?s=bamboo

[3] Bamboo flooring: http://www.inhabitat.com/2005/11/20/phenomenal-plyboo/

[4] Lumboo: http://www.calibamboo.com/bamboo-lumber-lumboo.html

[5] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2010/07/lumboo-ed02.jpg

[6] Importing bamboo long distances: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/02/17/ask-inhabitat-is-imported-bamboo-really-sustainable/

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