What Is BamCore?

For over eight years, BamCore has been privately working to develop a game-changing technology that replaces traditional structural framing based on unsustainable wood studs with a stronger and more sustainable bamboo-based panelized wall system.  Now, BamCore’s products are driving a paradigm shift in Western building by creating an entirely new approach to residential and low-rise commercial construction that will result in building stronger, faster, greener and less expensive buildings. And unlike any other building system, BamCore’s delivers a uniquely promising carbon footprint by reducing thermal bridging from wood studs, which significantly improves thermal performance, and by promoting direct carbon sequestration through the demand-driven scalable expansion of timber bamboo planting.

How Did BamCore Do This

First, BamCore flattens round hollow timber bamboo in a patented, low embodied energy process that uses no heat, chemicals or water and then manufactures super strong structural panels and other engineered products.

Second, BamCore panels are computer fabricated to make each job a custom job.

Third, BamCore’s patented and innovative panelized wall is quickly installed on each site eliminating wasteful thermal and acoustic bridging.

Overcoming the Framing Factor

Based on BamCore’s patented and code-compliant technologies, residential and low-rise commercial building can be framed using BamCore’s bamboo-based dual panel hollow-wall system. BamCore products embody three significant innovations that can lead us to a more sustainable future in building.

BamCore’s Wall System is a dual panel hollow-wall that can be filled uniformly full with any blown-in insulation. In conventional framing, each wood element that spans the wall cavity (i.e. the studs, headers, posts, and plates) is a thermal bridge that displaces and defeats the insulation. Energy analysts determine the effect of stud-based thermal bridging by calculating a “framing factor” to estimate how much of the wall is thermally bridged by the wood elements. In California, the average framing factor from conventional framing in 2002 was 27% (According to the report prepared in 2002 by Enermodal Engineering for California Energy Commission).

Since then, we believe the average framing factor has risen due to increased structural engineering requirements. In contrast, BamCore’s estimated framing factor for an “average” sized house using the BamCore Wall System is only 2.5%. This means that the BamCore exterior walls offer a much higher effective R-value. Understanding the strongly negative impact of thermal bridging, BamCore recently redesigned its original metal tracks that hold the dual panel walls in position. The new track system breaks any thermal bridge inherent in a continuous track. Directly linked to thermal bridging is acoustic bridging. By nearly eliminating thermal bridging, BamCore also significantly reduces acoustic bridging for a much quieter home or work environment.