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Green Building Materials Fact Sheet: Bamboo
Bamboo has long been used as a traditional building material, and is achieving increasing popularity due to its potential for environmental sustainability. As a construction material, bamboo has similar properties as timber and often uses analogous techniques of structural framing, though the suitability of bamboo for construction is largely dependent on the species.
A light and durable material, bamboo’s dimensions make it ready to use in construction with minimal sawing, splitting or cutting. Since bamboo can be quickly and easily cultivated as well as harvested and treated without complicated techniques or tools, it is a good fit in communities where skills training is available.