Bamboo

Bamboo a sustainable alternative


REINÆRDT has been using FSC/PEFC certified wood for years. Although the use of certified tropical hardwood is increasing, we at REINÆRDT feel it is time to take the next step. We introduce bamboo as a replacement of tropical hardwood. Bamboo is a sustainable, aesthetic and qualitatively high alternative that fits the green and innovative character of REINÆRDT Deuren bv.


Experience


It has taken us many years of testing before we decided to launch bamboo on the market and to present that we can offer ALL doors with bamboo. Experience, fire resistance testing and pressure testing have given us the knowledge on how bamboo behaves in our doors. We have been able to determine that the processing of bamboo is equivalent to hardwoord.

Meanwhile we also have experience in practice. One of the most controversial projects are the Isala Clinics in Zwolle; 5 000 doors with bamboo and even the first European Hyatt Place Hotel in Hoofddorp features 330 spacious rooms with our bamboo doors.

We also passed the fire resistance tests with bamboo. With our successful fire resistance tests we can proof that we can produce all our fire resistant doors with bamboo.
We also have certification for endurance testing; we have had the bamboo construction opened and closed for 200.000 times, without having any effect on the construction.


Why is bamboo sustainable?


Bamboo grows at a much faster pace than wood and can therefore guarantee more material in the same time. The plantation of bamboo prevents soil erosion (the extensive root system ensures a stable ground) and it prevents dryness by water retention. Due to the rapid growth, bamboo absorbs more CO2 (and produces oxygen) which has a positive effect on global warming.

Bamboo is no tree but a grass species, which grows very fast. In the growing season the ‘power plant’ grows 30cm to 50cm a day. Worldwide, there are more than 1300 bamboo species.The most important bamboo resevoir is located in Asia. The Phyllostachys Pubescens is a type that has been used as a foodsource and an alternative to wood for centuries. The Phyllostachys Pubescens grows in extensive forests but also in managed plantations. On these plantations, 30% of the bamboo stems can be harvested annually without reducing the size of that forest.

The harvesting and growth rates are the most important environmental aspects. The 'mother stem' grows new stems each year; replanting is therefore unnecessary. Each year, the 5 year old stems in the plantation can be harvested, without decreasing the size of the forest. The quality of the bamboo forest even increases as a result of regular harvesting and removal of smaller stems. This method allows an even larger growth of new shoots and increases the quality in the following year. Also the life cycle of bamboo offers more environmental benefits: Extensive LiveCycleAssesment (LCA) executed by Delft University of Technology following the ISO 14040 and 14044 standard, commissioned by MOSO International (http://www.moso-bamboo.com/sustainability/new/LCA-carbon-footprint) concludes that all assessed MOSO products are CO2 neutral or better over the full life cycle. In addition, the application of bamboo offers additional benefits for the most important sustainable building systems BREEA and LEED.


Panda friendly


The panda bear lives in the uplands of Asia. Pandas search for easily accessible bamboo leafs. The Phyllostachys Pubescens used by REINÆRDT Deuren bv has no leaf growth on the first 5 metres of the stem and is therefore not a source of food for the panda. Additionally, the bamboo we use originates from managed plantations located far away from the panda regions.


MOSO International


The bamboo used by REINÆRDT is planted and processed in a sustainable way. In the search for a reliable supplier of high quality bamboo materials – REINÆRDT has chosen for a partnership with MOSO International (www.moso.eu) from Zwaag. Thanks to its long experience, MOSO is able to meet with the very strict quality-, environmental and social requirements of REINÆRDT. The bamboo products are manufactured in ISO 9001 and 14001 certified production facilities: The farmers have good working conditions, earn a decent living and work in a safe environment.