Bamboo Plywood


Sam Challe

Bamboo is the building material of the future. A new material that has been taking off is Plyboo, plywood made of 100% renewable bamboo. “a beautiful yet exceptionally durable green building material” (ArchDaily). It can be applied to furniture, countertops, wall panels, and suspended ceilings as stated by ArchDaily. Just Like wood it can be sanded and finished, yet it is more durable and a rapidly renewable material.

When I first looked into this article I was a bit skeptical about bamboo over wood simply because wood has been being used heavily for all these applications. After looking at the specifications however one can see that it has the same building characteristics as wood. It can be assembled the same way with the same glue for example. However Plyboo is fire resistance, 100% bamboo, and holds 80lbs per sheet (ArchDaily).

In the end this new material seems innovative and new, but it does the same thing as wood. Plyboo may be 100% bamboo but it can be used the same as wood. It says it is “hard and dense plywood with an entirely new bamboo aesthetic” (ArchDaily) but the only thing you are paying for is the look or aesthetic. They already make dense plywood out of wood. In the end, if you have the money and enjoy the look Plyboo may be the new material you are looking for.


One comment

  1. Interesting blog post Sam. I think that this material application is really beautiful, especially how it is shown in the image you have provided above. It also looks like it can have a variety of applications that normal plywood would not usually be used for unless manipulated in an unconventional way. I think that it is also very exciting that bamboo is actually a grass and can grow so rapidly, yet be manipulated in a way that is used in the same manor as wood. For the material that you are studying, I like the fact that it seems to be a more sustainable option as a building material than wood. That being said, I think that it would be interesting to look into the material a bit more closely and analyze its true footprint on the earth. Taking into consideration things such as the environmental and economical costs it takes to harvest the bamboo. Additionally taking into account the amount of energy it takes to transport the bamboo not only via large trucks on land, but also via boats that bring the product across the ocean to various countries. If the material is being analyzed prior to the construction application, I think that it would be important to evaluate what happens to the material in its post life. Will it be able to naturally decompose? For buildings that are being constructed in Minnesota, maybe wood would be a more sustainable solution to the problem since it is right here and at least for now, so easily accessible. I wonder though if there would ever be an opportunity to grow the bamboo in the United States to cut down on some of those environmental and economical costs associated with the product. I am sure that with time we will know, but for now I look forward to seeing the development of this product!

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