12 Oct '16, 7pm

A couple in Mill Valley built a home that uses a material that grows five times faster than timber. #BamCore

A couple in Mill Valley built a home that uses a material that grows five times faster than timber. #BamCore

The bamboo alternative has enormous potential to combat “clearcutting,” the scorched earth process of logging that entails deforesting a wealth of trees in a given area. This is in part due to the rapid pace at which timber bamboo grows in contrast to most strains of wood. “When you cut down trees you’re cutting down something that took a minimum of 15 to 25 years or more to grow,” Hinkle says, while timber bamboo grows about five times faster than all construction wood timber. Not to mention, when you cut down a tree, stump form is a life sentence, whereas bamboo can regenerate to full height and be re-harvested annually. Bamboo also has the environmental advantage of mitigating the greenhouse effect. “While growing in its plantation,” Hinkle explains, “bamboo sequesters more carbon dioxide per square area per acre than a typical wood forest does.” Therefore, by switching...

Full article: http://gbdmagazine.com/2016/green-to-the-core/

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