Lamboo-Solar Decathlon 09-Illinois took 2nd Internationally
Lamboo Inc. has supplied Lamboo LVB engineered bamboo material for structural applications to be utilized in the final design for the U.S. Department of Energy 2009 Solar Decathlon. The Solar Decathlon is a competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in partnership with its National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).
This is the 4th Solar Decathlon event and the 2nd time that the University of Illinois will be involved. The Decathlon gets its name from the 10 specific areas of competition: architecture, engineering, market viability, communications, comfort, appliances, hot water, lighting, energy balance, and transportation. With the use of Lamboo, the building will attain higher levels of efficiency by incorporating framing elements that are just 3/4" thick and spaced at approximately 2' - 0" on center. Thus the material is not only rapidly renewable, but it also significantly reduces thermal bridging in walls. This system allows for the use of less material and more efficiency.
Test results show that bamboo has High tensile strength, high stability, and excellent compression properties. The average modulus of elasticity is higher than Southern Yellow Pine and Douglas Fir which gives Lamboo the opportunity to be produced in longer spans.
Here is the link to the Solar Decathlon page in which Lamboo was incorporated in.