Sustainability in the manufacturing process: Our patented process starts with bamboo strips that are the full length of the panel. Nearly all other bamboo-based construction products (e.g. flooring and glulam beams) are manufactured with higher embodied energy because they start with small strips of planed and squared bamboo.  In contrast, BamCore preserves the bamboo without cutting it into substantially smaller strips that just have to be glued back together.

Also, we do not use heat, water, steam, or chemicals to prepare, mill, and manufacture the bamboo into panels. And, we are very selective in choosing the adhesive used for panel and lumber lamination. To avoid any exposure to formaldehyde, BamCore uses a formaldehyde-free glue that is one of the best available chemical adhesives: isocyanate. To make the strongest bond possible, we use a formulation of isocyanate, which includes a co-applied polymeric cross-linking agent. The real-time blending of the two separate streams of adhesives requires custom calibration techniques that BamCore has developed and tested with outside agencies.

Sustainability in business operations: BamCore’s basic business operation is registered as a Sonoma “Green Business” within our local community in Sonoma County. The Green Business participation is a California-wide program that provides guidelines and support for operating sustainable businesses in California. Being a leader in sustainability means innovating better ways to operate, we meet the challenge every day.