BamCore’s Wall System Sustainability Starts in the Forest and Follows in the Factory
BamCore only buys raw material bamboo from sustainably harvested suppliers mostly in lesser developed countries. Clear cutting never occurs. In most cases the pre-export processes provide badly needed jobs to local workers.
In our manufacturing processes and in our basic business operations, BamCore strives to be highly sustainable. In our manufacturing processes, we do not use heat, water, steam or chemicals to prepare, mill and manufacture the bamboo into panels. We are also very selective in choosing the adhesive used for panel and lumber lamination. Nearly all other bamboo-based construction products (e.g. flooring and glulam beams) are manufactured with higher embodied energy because they start with small strips of planed and squared bamboo. In contrast, BamCore’s patented processes start with and preserve bamboo that is the full length of the panel without cutting it into substantially smaller strips that must be glued back together.
BamCore’s basic business operation is registered as a Sonoma “Green Business” within our local community in Sonoma County. The Green Business participation is a California-wide program that provides guidelines and support for operating sustainable businesses in California. Additionally we are rated as a Green Product under the National Green Building Standard (NGBS).