Bamboo’s strength, flexibility, and ready availability have made it a dominant building material throughout much of the world for centuries. As it is light and tough with elasticity and bearing capacity, bamboo is an ideal structural material and is used for the construction of scaffolding, bridges and structures, houses. Today, some group in Asia, like the Dai people in Laos, still live in the two-storied bamboo stilt houses — the upper floor of the house contains bedrooms, kitchens and balconies, and the ground floor is used to house poultry and domestic animals. As an elegant material with an extremely low carbon footprint, bamboo architecture is growing in popularity. It can be used in all kinds of things, including exterior sheathing, structural spines, interior screens, ventilation systems, canopies, stairs, ceilings, and walls in modern construction. With the world increasingly concern of environment, we may expect to see more of this sustainable and renewable building material in our future homes.
The most common use of bamboo in Western construction has, by far, been as a flooring material. As an attractive and sturdy alternative to hardwood flooring, bamboo is tough to beat. According to Pacific Northwest green building supplier Ecohaus, bamboo—one of the firm’s top selling flooring options—is harder, more moisture resistant and more stable than even oak hardwoods. Today, bamboo flooring is available in various styles and colours. Its eco-friendly nature, sustainability, durability, and perfectly pleasing aesthetics contributed to making bamboo flooring widely accepted, not only in the US but all around the world. The bamboo flooring industry is rapidly evolving as people are choosing an environmental-friendly flooring option as going green is the new trend!