Many characteristics of timber bamboo make it potentially the most sustainable product for building. First, bamboo’s fast growth rate makes it more renewable than any wood alternative, allowing it to capture and sequester more CO2 per planted area.
Second, that same high growth rate makes it substantially more efficient regarding land use needed to provide building products.
Third, all bamboo naturally regenerates from the same below ground rhizome (a bamboo’s root) structure after the aboveground portion of the culms has been harvested. Unlike wood forests or plantations, which are harvested every 18-45 years by clear-cutting, timber bamboo is harvested by inter cutting one-quarter to one-third of the mature plants every year and never clear-cut.
Fourth, bamboo can grow in many sloped or hillside locations where it will help stabilize the soil and limit erosion. (Source: Quantis LCA Report) And fifth, per comparable area, timber Bamboo generates more oxygen and absorbs more run-off water than wood.