VIDEO: The University of British Columbia looks into new uses for bamboo
Bamboo has long been used as a construction material in Asia due to its durability. Dr. Kate Semple of the department of Wood Science at the University of British Columbia is studying ways to integrate the tough nature of bamboo into hybrid materials for the North American market and beyond.
Semple was able to walk the Journal of Commerce through the process of creating hybrid bamboo materials, as well as explain the possible uses of the material in the North American market.
The Journal of Commerce also spoke to Polo Zhang, a student and assistant to Dr. Semple from China who explained how the material has traditionally been used in her country and how it can be used to tackle the increasingly complex projects currently being built in China.
Related: Russell Hixson's story on innovative bamboo research and Korky Koroluk's column on bamboo.
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