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Engineered bamboo is a low cost product manufactured from bamboo. It is designed to be a replacement for wood or engineered wood, but is used only when high load bearing strength is not required because building standards for this type of use have not been agreed by regulatory bodies. Engineered bamboo comes in several different forms, including bamboo scrimber and laminated bamboo, which has three times the structural capacity as normal timber and is defined and regulated by the ASTM International Standards.

Engineered bamboo, or “man-made or manufactured bamboo” is made by binding together veneers, strands, fibers, particles, strips or slats of bamboo with a suitable adhesive to form a composite material designed to meet specific uses. Example of engineered bamboo products include laminated veneers, laminated bamboo veneer lumbers, structural strand composites, fiberboards and particleboards.

It has been used as paneling, vehicle beds, concrete formworks, lightweight building construction and even for shelters. In comparison to the woods that have been traditionally used, a number of benefits and drawbacks have been identified. Lower cost, especially when replacing wood that would otherwise have been imported, is a key advantage. Further benefits include greater hardness and shape retention, especially in high temperatures.

However, bamboo is not as resilient as most woods and will decay more rapidly than other woods if not treated with preservatives.

New building methods have had to be developed for engineered bamboo as its properties are sufficiently different, and make normal wood-working methods used with (non-engineered) bamboo unsuitable.

In order to overcome the typical loss of strength bamboo incurs when bending takes place post-harvest, an alternative method to overcome this has been developed.

Pre-harvest bending of the bamboo stems in zig-zags, allows the bamboo to later form a Warren truss.

Why Choose Bamboo?    

Not many people know that bamboo is a giant grass. It is a perennial, woody-stemmed grass known for its rapid growth and variety of uses.  It has woody and usually hollow culms with distinct nodes and internodes, rhizomes and branches.

Bamboo has spurred worldwide attention as a versatile plant with multifarious uses. Its uses ranged from subsistence to commercial food (young shoots), to building and furniture. It offers vital economic and ecological benefits to many people in the world.

It is a plant found almost everywhere and is known for its rapid growth. A bamboo culm reaches its full height in about 60-90 days.  In three to five years, the culms are already matured and can already be harvested, depending on the intended uses.

Bamboo protects the environment and cleanse the air we breathe. Bamboo stands release 35% more oxygen than equivalent stands of trees. Some bamboo can sequester up to 12 tons of carbon dioxide from the air per hectare. It can also lower light intensity and protects man against ultraviolet rays.

Bamboo is a good soil conservation plant. With its widespread root system, it can provide an effective erosion control. It sustains riverbanks and serves as good windbreaks.

Bamboo is a highly renewable material. There is no need to replant once the clump is already established.  It produces new shoots on an annual basis that develop depending on species, into erect culms reaching 30 m tall. In general, bamboo is vegetatively multiplied, using culm and branch sections that are induced to sprout before transplanting to the field or by clump division which readily provide a good starter plant.

Bamboo is a good substitute for wood. A bamboo culm matures and develops strength properties comparable to most wood species in about three years. Its utility has expanded to include its transformation into various structural floors and panels and engineered bamboo products.

Bamboo shoots are good food source. It is an important vegetable in the daily meals of many people in Asia and is considered a gourmet item in Western countries where they are available only as imports.

Bamboo is an exquisite component of landscape designs. It provides natural look and aesthetic beauty to the landscape. Many species of bamboo are good for landscaping and urban greening.