Bamboo, the Miracle Homebuilding Material

Bamboo homes survive earthquakes and typhoons, it grows like a weed, and has twice the compression strength of concrete. Elisabeth Best reports on the wonder material and the image problem bamboo must overcome to be used more widely.

Bamboo is also an excellent crop for absorbing CO2 emissions. Best pulls a quote from energy specialist Raya Kühne, who wrote, "A non-tree species - bamboo - may be one of the species most well-suited to the Clean Development Mechanism's goals of maximizing carbon revenues and promoting sustainable development."

Best goes into detail on activities underway around the world to promote bamboo as a sustainable building material.

Full Story: Bamboo Houses to the Rescue

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