BamCore Awarded $2.2 M in DOE Funding to Lower Embodied Carbon in Buildings

ARPA-E Funds BC $2.2 M

We are excited to announce that BamCore has been selected to receive $2.2 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E).

The funding, part of the ARPA-E HESTIA program, prioritizes overcoming barriers associated with carbon-storing buildings, including scarce, expensive, and geographically limited building materials.

To be recognized as a leading innovator in decarbonizing the built environment and advancing the use of buildings for carbon storage is a great honor.

Overall, the ARPA-E HESTIA program awarded $39 million for research and development to turn buildings into carbon sinks when the building is built.​​​ Of the 18 recipient organizations, 14 were among the leading university and national laboratories. BamCore received the highest funding out of the four private companies selected.

The funding accelerates BamCore’s mission to offer the most potent carbon-negative framing system in the low-rise markets globally by increasing the proportion of bamboo and other annually harvested biogenic fibers.

“The embodied carbon of the built world is likely the hardest and largest remaining challenge to mitigating global warming,” said Hal Hinkle, BamCore’s CEO. “BamCore’s mission has always been to tackle both the operating and embodied carbon of the built world by using nature’s fastest-growing structural fibers. This is a space where there are no easy solutions, and what helps lower operating carbon often increases embodied carbon,” added Hinkle.

The funding will also allow BamCore to focus on introducing biogenic insulation, adhesives, and fire retarding layers within its 100% industrialized construction pre-fabrication. Options for end-of-life circularity will also be researched.

We look forward to utilizing this opportunity to quickly begin building a better future.

We look forward to utilizing this opportunity to quickly begin building a better future.

Full Press Release Below:

 

PRESS RELEASE

Funding Part of Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) HESTIA Program to Increase Total Amount of Carbon Stored in Buildings

WINDSOR, CA – Global Bamboo Technologies Inc., dba BamCore, announced today that it was selected to receive $2.2 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). The funding, part of the ARPA-E HESTIA program, prioritizes overcoming barriers associated with carbon-storing buildings, including scarce, expensive, and geographically limited building materials. The HESTIA program aims to increase the total amount of carbon stored in buildings to create carbon sinks, which absorb more carbon from the atmosphere than released during the construction process.

“The embodied carbon of the built world is likely the hardest and largest remaining challenge to mitigating global warming,” said Hal Hinkle, BamCore’s CEO. BamCore’s mission has always been to tackle both the operating and embodied carbon of the built world by using nature’s fastest-growing structure fibers. This is a space where there are no easy solutions, and what helps lower operating carbon often increases embodied carbon,” added Hinkle.

BamCore’s Director of Product Development, Nicholas Allan, P.E., explained, “the HESTIA funding will accelerate our research and product development to make our biogenic framing solutions even more carbon-negative than they are today.”

The BamCore team, with headquarters in Windsor, CA, and a factory in Ocala, FL, has dedicated considerable time and resources to maximizing carbon negativity in next-generation biogenic framing materials. The funding will advance BamCore’s patented bamboo-wood hybrid dual-panel hollow wall system to comprise the highest possible amount of bamboo and other annually harvested biogenic fibers. Bamboo produces structural fiber five-to-six times faster than wood and can be harvested annually. BamCore’s framing solutions take the quickly captured atmospheric carbon and store it long-term in building frames.

The funding will also help BamCore seek embodied carbon improvements via biogenic insulation and fire retarding layers to lower the carbon impacts of legacy fiberglass and gypsum. In addition, by exploring end-of-life improvements, the funding will allow BamCore products to achieve the highest levels of circularity in construction.

“BamCore’s products offer some of the best structural and carbon solutions available in construction today,” stated Tobe Sheldon, BamCore’s Director of Sustainability. “Our HESTIA work will allow us to produce low- and high-rise solutions with better life cycle assessments, lower overall costs, and a higher end-of-life value than concrete, steel, and wood can provide,” added Sheldon.

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BamCore utilizes regenerative biogenic carbon fibers combined with industrialized construction techniques, and proprietary technologies to manufacture green engineered climate-positive building materials. BamCore’s patented structural framing system harnesses the fast carbon-capturing power and strength of timber bamboo. As a result, the system delivers high-performance code-compliant buildings that are energy-efficient, strong, safe, quiet, and more quickly and easily installed than conventional construction. Enabling builders to provide fast, sustainable, high-quality, cost-effective, and sturdy buildings that are also carbon sinks. This innovation mitigates the climate crisis, the housing crisis, and rural poverty in the global south. To learn more, visit bamcore.com, and follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram

 

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