A study released by research firm Dovetail Partners Inc. revisited the theory and concluded that bamboo is not environmentally superior to wood. But, as the authors said, it's hard to “get the green genie back in its bottle.”
The USGBC's LEED version 4, introduced this fall, no longer affords bamboo the same environmentally-desirable qualities it used to. The new guidelines should make bamboo products, including bamboo flooring, more difficult to promote as environmentally preferred materials.
A Yale University-led study has found that using more wood and less steel and concrete in building and bridge construction would substantially reduce global carbon dioxide emissions and fossil fuel consumption.
With snowstorm after snowstorm and the subzero temps of the polar vortex, this has been a record-breaking winter. The winter or 2013-2014 will be remembered as one of the most brutal in recent memory. Cold temperatures and low humidity levels can have negative effects on your maple floor. Brutal winter weather can result in a reduction of indoor relative humidity levels which in turn can lower your maple floor’s moisture content below recommended levels. Wood is a hygroscopic material. When exposed to varying temperatures and humidities, it will release or absorb moisture until it is at equilibrium with the surrounding atmosphere.
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