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Bamboo as Sustainable Building Material

Project: Nemenhah Perma-Village Model

Posted by Chief Phillip 'Cloudpiler' Landis over 13 years ago

Structural Banboo can be used in thousands of different application.

We have elected to use Structural Bamboo as an important part of our wastewater, and erosion control program.  We are capturing all rain runoffs from the roofs of our infrastructure (homes, buildings, hoophouse, etc.) with swales which are surrounded by Bamboo or Willow.  These species use a great deal of water, and they stabilize water-saturated soil.  Our berms will hold better because of the root systems of the Bamboo.  Additionally, the waste water from our Gray and Septic Systems will feed the Bamboo and allow us to utilize a surplus (waste) to sustain a renewable resource.

One thing we have learned about this kind of Bamboo is that, if you want them to grow to a nice four-inch diameter, you have to harvest the canes.  If you let them alone, the biomass above will be adequate to support the root system below, and visa versa.  By removing the biomass above, photosynthesis will not support the fleshy biomass below and the colonies will send up new canes to create more leaf area.  The daimeter of the cane is relative to the diameter of the root.  But if you do not cut them back, the older, narrower canes will simply put on new leaf stems when more photsynthesis is asked for.

We harvest the small canes for garden use.  They make excellent plant cages for tomatoes and beans.  They are also excellent for providing screens and trellis works for plants to gow on.  New rose hedges can be supported and shaped with Bamboo until they have grown enough to support themselves. 

The larger canes will be used in home construction, furniture, and other products which require larger diameter.



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jordan lowery
jordan lowery : i love bamboo and use it for tons of things. i totally agree about the need to harvest it to get the rapid growth and strong canes we all like to use.
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