Bamboo Cabinetry is Perfect for Your Sustainable Kitchen Remodel

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Kitchens are the heart of the home and serve as a natural gathering place for family and friends. Kitchens are also one area where people like to make home improvements. Whether you are considering a full kitchen remodel, or just a few updates, it is easier than ever to do it in a “green” or sustainable manner. Three ways that you can make your next kitchen remodel more sustainable is through the use of beautiful bamboo cabinetry, non-toxic wall treatments and installing a high-efficiency dishwasher.

Bamboo – Beautifully Sustainable

When you think of bamboo, you might get images of a lolling panda bear in a bamboo forest. You might be surprised the variety of ways that bamboo is used today, especially in construction materials. Bamboo is a fast growing grass, which makes it an excellent material to use in sustainable products. Compared to typical hardwoods, bamboo regenerates to maturity in 1/6 the time. Bamboo cabinetry is gaining popularity as a beautiful and durable product for kitchen. Similar to cabinets made of other materials they are available in a range of finishes and styles. From a durability perspective, bamboo is 25% harder than oak and 15% harder than maple.

Bamboo cabinetry comes in a variety of shapes and sizes to make sure you get the perfect customizations for your needs. From single and double wall cabinets to sink bases, corner pieces, and drawer bases, the option to configure your beautiful and functional kitchen is easier than ever.

Choose Non-Toxic Paints and Finishes

As you think about how you will finish your walls in your kitchen, a great way to keep the “green” theme in your work is to choose paints that are contain low, or no volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Many VOC let off toxic fumes and odors during application and drying. By choosing paints that are low-VOC or no-VOC, you can reduce the amount of off gassing. Look for paints that are third-party certified by Green Seal. Paints that meet the GS-11 certification meet certain performance requirements while reducing the use of hazardous substances and requiring low VOC content.

High-Efficiency Dishwashers

High-efficiency dishwashers save water and energy compared to older models. Did you know that about 60% of the energy expended by a dishwasher is to heat the water? Therefore, selecting a machine that is water efficient will also make it energy efficient. In addition to water and energy efficiency, select a mode that offers you different wash cycle options and has a “no-heat” drying mode. Some utility companies are offering rebates for high-efficiency dishwashers, so check with your local utility provider.

There are more ways to incorporate sustainability in your kitchen remodel, including the use of compact fluorescent lighting and recycled flooring materials. The range of sustainable products grows each year, and it is now easier than ever to have a beautiful and sustainable kitchen remodel.

 

 

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Easy and Sustainable Bathroom Remodels Using Bamboo Cabinetry

Bathroom remodels are one of the most popular remodeling projects in the home. Whether it is a desire for a large bathroom, a luxurious shower, or more storage and organization, bathroom remodels are often at the top of home owners’ wish lists. Bathrooms are moving beyond a functional necessity to a relaxing oasis. A well-done bathroom remodel can also add value to your home.

More and more home owners are looking to undertake their bathroom remodel in a more sustainable way. This is becoming easier to do, due to the large availability of renewable products and water efficient fixtures on the market. One easy way to boost the “green factor” of your bathroom remodel is through the use of beautiful bamboo cabinetry.

Bamboo is a great material for the use in bathroom cabinetry. Bamboo has become a bit of a darling in the design industry. While it has been used for centuries in East Asian countries for building things, it is still fairly new in the Western market.  Bamboo is a fast-growing grass that has a short harvest cycle. Compared to typical hardwoods, bamboo regenerates to maturity in 1/6 the time. It is also extremely durable, with a hardness that exceeds maple and oak.

Bamboo cabinetry comes in a variety of shapes and sizes to make sure you get the perfect customizations for your needs. From vanity pieces and sink bases, to one-and two-door cabinets to drawer components. It is easier than ever to incorporate this beautiful product into your next remodel.

Depending on the finishes on the product, what hardware is used, and the associated wall and floor treatments, bamboo cabinetry can take on different personalities. From a very sleek modern urban feel to something more traditional, bamboo has the ability to flex to the design aesthetic of your future bathroom. Coupled with the fact that bamboo cabinets are extremely durable and easy to care for, they has become the emerging product of choice for those seeking a sustainable bathroom remodel.

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Bamboo Cabinetry Helps Achieve the MRc6 Credit Under LEED for New Construction

New Green Construction

The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) developed the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System to provide general guidance for the design construction and operation of high-performing green buildings.

There are specific ratings for different types of buildings and development, including new construction, existing builds, commercial interiors, core and shell, schools, retail, health care, homes and neighborhood development. . This article focuses on the use of bamboo to help you achieve one point for the MRc6 credit (Rapidly Renewable Resources) for your LEED for New Construction project.

Certification of a project is based upon the number of points that a building achieves. The levels include Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Certified. In the New Construction, Commercial Interiors and School ratings, there is a one point available for the use of rapidly renewable materials.

LEED defines a rapidly renewable resource as one that has a harvest cycle of ten years or less. Products that fit into this category include agrifiber, bamboo, cork, corn, cotton, linoleum, natural rubber, soy and wool. Bamboo, which can have a harvest cycles of six to eight years, depending on the species. Bamboo has many applications in a new construction setting, including millwork, cabinetry flooring and veneers.

The use of bamboo cabinetry in a commercial new construction setting has many applications. Let these recommended uses get your mind thinking about how the use of bamboo can add to your calculation of the MRc6 credit for your LEED for New Construction project.

Employee Kitchen and Break rooms – Employee areas, like kitchens and break rooms, are a natural place to employ bamboo cabinetry. Not only is it beautiful and durable, but it can help keep a space looking neat and tidy. Future tenants of a green building are likely to invest in durable utensils and dishes for their employees to use to cut down on disposables and trash generation. With bamboo cabinets being available in a variety of finishes and sizes, the employee kitchen is a great place to use these materials.

Conference Rooms – Bamboo cabinetry in a conference room setting is a great way to hide audio visual equipment and meeting room supplies. It can also hide drink and coffee station areas when not in use. Because bamboo is so beautiful, it can easily tie into a variety of design themes for the most casual or formal conference room.

Reception Desk and Copy Rooms – Reception areas are high-visibility areas for clients and customers. Bamboo cabinetry is a beautiful way to conceal needed reception supplies. Copy and supply room storage can also be achieved with the use of bamboo cabinets.

The MRc6 credit is calculated as a percentage of your overall building material and product budget. To achieve one point for MRc6 (Rapidly Renewable Materials), 2.5% of your total building materials budget must be from rapidly renewable resources. Bamboo cabinets, alone, will not get you this credit, but they to contribute to the bottom line as you calculate the value of rapidly renewable materials in your new construction project. Additionally, if you can achieve 5% total value with rapidly renewable resources, and extra point can be achieved. Architects and designers are appreciating the value and beauty of bamboo cabinetry as they design their LEED for New Construction project.

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Bamboo Cabinetry Helps Achieve the MRc6 Credit Under LEED for Schools

Green Schools

The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) developed the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System to provide general guidance for the design construction and operation of high-performing green buildings. Certification of a project is based upon the number of points that a building achieves. The levels include Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Certified.

There are specific ratings for different types of buildings and development, including new construction, existing builds, commercial interiors, core and shell, schools, retail, health care, homes and neighborhood development.

In the LEED for Schools ratings, there is a one point available for the use of rapidly renewable materials. This article focuses on the use of bamboo cabinetry to help you achieve one point for the MRc6 credit, Rapidly Renewable Resources for your LEED for Schools project.

LEED defines a rapidly renewable resource as one that has a harvest cycle of 10 years or less. Products that fit into this category include agrifiber, bamboo, cork, corn, cotton, linoleum, natural rubber, soy and wool. Bamboo can have a harvest cycle of six to eight years, depending on the species. Bamboo has many applications in a new construction setting, including millwork, cabinetry flooring and veneers.

The use of bamboo cabinetry in a school setting has many applications. Let these recommended uses get your mind thinking about how the use of bamboo can add to your calculation of the MRc6 credit for your LEED for Schools project.

Classrooms – Bamboo cabinetry can provide for beautiful and durable storage for classroom supplies as well as audio visual equipment. From a durability perspective, bamboo is 25% harder than oak and 15% harder than maple, so it is a logical choice for classroom storage where durability is a key consideration.

Administrative Offices- The administrative offices of a school may get a lot of visitors from the public, so the goal may be to have storage options that are beautiful and functional. Bamboo cabinetry may be incorporated into offices and reception areas quite easily.

Multi-Purpose Rooms – Bamboo cabinetry in multi-purpose and meeting rooms is a great way to hide audio visual equipment and meeting supplies. It can also hide drink and coffee station areas when not in use. Because bamboo is so beautiful, it can easily tie into a variety of design themes for multi-purpose rooms.

Teacher Kitchen and Break Rooms – Employee areas like kitchens and break rooms are a natural place to employ bamboo cabinetry. Not only is it beautiful and durable, but it can help keep a space looking neat and tidy. Occupants of a green school building are likely to invest in durable utensils and dishes for their employees to use to cut down on disposables and trash generation. With bamboo cabinets being available in a variety of finishes and sizes, the employee kitchen is a great place to use these materials.

The MRc6 credit is calculated as a percentage of your overall building material and product budget. To achieve one point for MRc6 (Rapidly Renewable Materials), 2.5% of your total building materials budget must be from rapidly renewable resources. Bamboo cabinets, alone, will not get you this credit, but they to contribute to the bottom line as you calculate the value of rapidly renewable materials in your new construction project. Additionally, if you can achieve 5% total value with rapidly renewable resources, and extra point can be achieved. Architects and designers are appreciating the value and beauty of bamboo cabinetry as they design their LEED for Schools projects.

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Green Manhattan Condominium Project Chooses Bamboo Cabinetry

Visionarie Eco-Friendly Condo Building

The Visionarie is a new luxury condominium project in New York City. It is also Manhattan’s first residential Platinum Certified building under the United States Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system.

The LEED Platinum certification is reserved for buildings that meet the most rigorous of criteria in green building construction and operation. For a luxury condo project to receive this certification is quite an achievement.

When an architect undertakes a project with the goal of achieving LEED certification, all aspects of the building must be taken into consideration. Even the smallest design and product decisions become important. For example, the gourmet kitchen in each condo at Visionaire features a contemporary green interior design including bamboo cabinetry.

Bamboo cabinetry is a great choice as a sustainable product for LEED buildings, as credits can be earned for using a certain percentage of your building material budget on rapidly renewable materials. Since bamboo is very fast growing and has a short harvest cycle, typically seven to eight years, it is great choice for meeting this criterion.

The wonderful part about bamboo cabinetry is not only is it sustainable, but it is a beautiful product available in a variety of finishes and designs. The Visionaire gives equal billing to its green aspects as it does to its luxurious aspects. Thus, it’s clear to see that bamboo cabinetry can be fit comfortably in a luxurious setting. In the case of the Visionaire, bamboo cabinetry bases are topped with river-washed black granite countertops and complimented by stainless steel appliances.

With the variety of finishes and designs available, bamboo can also flex and work well in traditional home settings, not just upscale urban condos. Single-family homes can create a warm and homey feel through the use of bamboo cabinetry in the kitchen. Bamboo is also durable and easy to care for, which makes it a favored product for kitchens.

The drive for more LEED certified residential projects is part of a growing trend. Well-designed green residential projects have the benefit of being less expensive to operate due to decreased usage of energy and water. Additionally, residents often state the buildings feel more healthful, since they have to meet certain requirements for air exchanges, natural lighting and using finishes and products that are low in compounds that off-gas and cause odors and pollutants.

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Retrofitting Existing Buildings Becomes the Focus of the Green Construction Industry

Making Old Buildings Energy Efficient

In 2008, the United States Department of Energy released as study that broke down the primary energy consumption in the US by sector. The largest portion, 39 percent, was used by buildings, with industry and transportation making up the remainder. In buildings, the largest use of energy is from heating, cooling and air conditioning (HVAC) and lighting. As the United States looks for ways to decrease energy uses and the associated greenhouse gas emissions, the retrofit, or “greening” of existing buildings is a logical step. This is reflected in the growing trend of retrofit projects compared to new construction.

With a building retrofit, the majority of the design effort will be spent on the HVAC and water systems to increase energy and water efficiency. This results in lower operating costs and adds to the “green” bottom line. However, a proposed retrofit is also a great time to rethink the design and sustainability of the interior treatments.

The use of bamboo in building retrofits is gaining popularity. Bamboo is characterized as a sustainable building material because it is a rapidly renewable resource. Since bamboo is very fast growing and has a short harvest cycle, typically seven to eight years. Bamboo is appearing in cabinetry, flooring, and millwork.

There are many ways that bamboo cabinets can be integrated into the interior design of a building retrofit project. Bamboo cabinetry is great for storage in a number of areas in a commercial or office building .From hold durable utensils and dishes in the employee kitchen/break room to holding paper, toner cartridges in the copy room. An office reception area, which is often seen by the public, can maintain a neat and tidy look while storing essentials for the reception staff, such as mailing supplies.

In addition to storage, bamboo cabinetry can serve as a way to conceal things. For example, in a conference room, it may be used to protect and hide audio visual equipment when it is not in use. Coffee and break stations in large conference rooms can be concealed as well. Because bamboo is so beautiful, it can easily tie into a variety of design themes for the most casual or formal conference room.

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Bamboo Cabinetry Offers Sustainable Style

Bamboo in Western Construction

Sometimes it takes years for an idea to spread around the world. Eastern countries have been using bamboo as a building product for centuries. Only recently has bamboo burst into the construction industry in Western countries.

As more developers, construction team, architects and building owners are demanding sustainable products, bamboo is appearing in more and more areas. Cabinetry is one area where bamboo makes for a beautiful, durable and sustainable option.

To understand why bamboo is such a great choice for cabinets you first need to understand a bit about the plant. First, bamboo is not actually wood; it is a fast-growing grass species. Compared to hardwoods, which can take up to 40 years to reach maturity for harvest, bamboo reaches maturity in about 1/6 of the time, about six to eight years. This puts bamboo in the classification of a rapidly renewable resource.

When bamboo is harvested, the entire plant is not removed. Just the stalks are harvested, leaving the mature plant root system in place, ready to generate new stalks. Compare this to hardwood trees, which provide the base material for most traditional cabinets. Once a tree is cut, that is it. A new one must be planted.

Bamboo is also extremely durable. It is harder than maple and oak, which makes it favorable for use in high traffic areas, like kitchen and bathrooms. Bamboo is also dimensionally stable. This means that, compared to wood, bamboo does not swell and contract as much. This translates to fewer stuck drawers and doors with weather changes. Bamboo cabinets are available in either custom or ready-to-assemble (RTA). RTA provides a great way for the builder that want to save some money but not sacrifice the quality.

Another bonus with bamboo is, not only is it sustainable, but it is a beautiful product available in a variety of finishes and designs.  Depending on the finishes on the product, what hardware is used, and the associated wall and floor treatments, bamboo cabinetry can take on different personalities. From a very sleek modern urban feel to something more traditional, bamboo has the ability to flex to the design aesthetic of your room.

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DIY Green – Bamboo Cabinets Make It Easy

Bamboo DIY Cabinets

The do-it-yourself (DIY) culture is huge these days. From cooking to canning, to more ambitious projects like room remodels, people are rolling up their sleeves and taking the project on themselves. Not only can this be a cost savings measure, it also gives a strong sense of pride in the final product.

An area where homeowners often like to make upgrades or changes is in the kitchen. The kitchen is a natural gathering place and it makes sense to have it be a beautiful and functional space that is tailored to the way you cook and entertain.

Outdated, damaged and un-functional cabinetry is probably the single biggest thing that makes a kitchen look bad. Thus, cabinetry is the primary piece of a kitchen remodel that is going to drive the final aesthetic of the room. For those that are looking for something that is beautiful and sustainable, bamboo cabinetry is the logical choice.

To understand why bamboo is such a great choice for cabinets you first need to understand a bit about the plant. Bamboo is not actually wood; it is a fast-growing grass species. Compared to hardwoods, which can take up to 40 years to reach maturity for harvest, bamboo reaches maturity in about 1/6 of the time, about six to eight years. This puts bamboo in the classification of a rapidly renewable resource. Also, when bamboo is harvested, only the stalks are harvested. Thus, the mature root system is left intact to support new stalk growth.

Those who have the DIY spirit are going to love that bamboo cabinets are available in a ready-to-assemble (RTA) format. The come shipped in flat cartons with easy-to-understand assembly directions. They can be put together with basic hand tools and power tools and with the help from some friends; you can get the mounted in no time.

On-line sellers of RTA bamboo cabinets often have resources to help you determine what layout and combination of cabinetry will be best for your space. With a variety of pieces including: single-door, two-door, drawers, corner pieces, sink bases and more, you can mix and match to get just the right mix of storage and visual interest.

It’s never been easier to combine your interest in DIY, sustainability and great looking kitchen.  RTA bamboo cabinetry will let you accomplish all three of these things at once.

 

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Timber Harvest Restrictions Make Bamboo More Appealing Than Ever

Timber Harvesting Restrictions Are Creating Opportunities for Bamboo

In 2009, the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations released their State of the World’s Forests report. The conclusions of the report indicated that higher demands for forest products are putting increased pressures in some regions of the world, with countries in early stages of development suffering the worst.

Some areas have decreased the amount of timber that is being harvested due to concerns over endangered species, biodiversity, water quality and global climate change. Some of these changes have been temporary while countries and regions develop new policies, others have been longer.

The call for sustainable forestry products in for “green development” may help some countries adopt more sustainable forest management practices, so they can be certified as meeting criteria. The demand for sustainable building products has put a greater spotlight on bamboo these days.

Bamboo, which is actually a grass and not a tree, is appearing in flooring, furniture, cabinetry, decorative pieces, and more. The use of bamboo cabinetry has application in a variety of office and commercial settings, and given the fact that bamboo is an extremely sustainable resource, it is the perfect material that meets the requirements for sustainability and looks.

Bamboo is categorized as a rapidly renewable resource because its harvest cycle happens in ten years or less. Several materials fall into this category, including wool, cotton, and linoleum. Whether a project is looking to achieve official certification for the United State Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System, or just wants to be green, bamboo cabinetry can be a great piece to add to your roster of sustainable products.

Aside from bamboo’s feature as a rapidly renewable resource, it makes for a truly beautiful and durable end product.   Bamboo is harder than maple and oak, which makes it favorable for use in high traffic areas. Bamboo is also dimensionally stable, which means, compared to wood, bamboo does not swell and contract as much. This translates to fewer stuck drawers and doors with weather changes.

It is exciting to see new products and materials emerging that will help offset some of the demand on forest resources. Bamboo is one such material that is gaining wider appreciation in the West. Bamboo has already been used for centuries in East Asian countries.

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Bamboo Cabinets Provide Sustainable Solutions for Interior Designers

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From the bones of the building to the final finishes, sustainability is huge in the architecture and design field. Now, more than ever, interior designers have a wide range of materials at their disposal as they create customized spaces for their clients.

As more and more companies incorporate sustainability initiatives as part of the corporate mission, it’s not longer acceptable to just talk-the-talk, they must also walk-the-walk. These means having their office and commercial spaces reflect their values.

Bamboo is becoming a popular replacement for wood in many areas of interior design. Bamboo is turning up in flooring, furniture, cabinetry, decorative pieces, and more. The use of bamboo cabinetry has application in a variety of office and commercial setting, and given the fact that bamboo is an extremely sustainable resource, it is the perfect material that meets the requirements for sustainability and looks.

Bamboo is actually a grass, not wood, which some people may be surprised to know, once they see how “wood-like” things feel that are constructed of it. Bamboo is characterized as a rapidly-renewable resource, because it can mature to full harvest size in less than ten year. In fact, the species of bamboo that are used in cabinetry are typically harvested after six to eight years. Compare this to hardwood trees used in typical cabinet construction, those trees can take 30 to 40 years to mature. So, essentially, you are ending up with five to seven bamboo harvests in the time it will take to harvest hardwood trees.

In addition to the speed at which bamboo renews, the harvesting method does not actually take the whole plant. Just the stalks are taken, which leaves the plants root system intact and ready to support the new stalks that will grow.

Bamboo cabinetry is great for storage in individual offices, reception areas, copy rooms, and also conference rooms. The mix of sizes, styles and finishes lets the interior designer develop the perfect look for the space. Depending on the hardware and other finishes in the rooms, such as flooring and paint coverings, bamboo can take on a sleek and modern feel, or a warm and natural feel. Designers love the fact that it can flex to different décor themes and styles.

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4 Ways to Integrate Sustainable Bamboo Cabinets into Your Home Remodel

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As more and more homeowners remodel their homes, many are looking for ways to make the project more sustainable. From increasing energy and water efficiency to using sustainable materials, remodels are becoming “greener”.

Bamboo has received a lot of attention in the last couple of years due to its eco-friendly characteristics as a rapidly renewable resource. One area where bamboo has the potential to make a big impact is as a material for cabinetry.

Here are four ways that you can incorporate bamboo cabinets into your remodel.

The Kitchen – The kitchen is an obvious choice for using bamboo cabinetry.  It is extremely durable, which makes is great for high-traffic areas like kitchens. Bamboo cabinetry comes in a variety of shapes and sizes to make sure you get the perfect customizations for your needs. From single and double wall cabinets to sink bases, corner pieces, and drawer bases. The ability to configure your beautiful and functional kitchen is easier than ever.

The Bathroom – Bathrooms are no longer just a necessary space in the house. They have turned into peaceful retreats with large showers and soaking tubs. Bamboo cabinets can be a great addition to a luxurious bathroom. With different options for sink vanities and cabinets, bamboo will fit right in. Depending on the finishes on the product, what hardware is used, and the associated wall and floor treatments, bamboo cabinetry can take on different personalities. From a very sleek and modern urban feel to something more traditional, bamboo has the ability to compliment the design aesthetic of your future bathroom.

Home Office – As more companies become open to employees working from home, and as more people start their own small businesses, dedicated home offices are becoming common in homes. Bamboo cabinetry can serve as a beautiful storage option in an office work space. From organizing office supplies to concealing office equipment, bamboo can make your home office a clean, productive and beautiful space.

Laundry Room – In more and more homes, the washer and dryer are coming out of the garage and into the house. Incorporating bamboo cabinetry into your laundry room will provide essential storage space for laundry supplies and still make this part of the home as beautiful as the rest of your house.

 

 

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