Lamboo Features in Springfield Business Journal


research page banner“Sustainability” has become a buzzword of the 21st Century. Organizations are reducing their footprint with recycling policies and encouraging employees to carpool or use public transportation. Today it is de rigueur to receive an email with part of the signature line including a demand to “think before you print!” Legislation and regulations are brimming with encouragement, in some cases, and mandates, in others, to build as cleanly as possible with energy efficient materials. A number of projects in and around Springfield have bragged about the achievement of LEEDs Certification for their new buildings in recent years. (Before you hit Google, LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.)

A company in Springfield is at the leading edge of introducing a sustainable raw material – bamboo – to the market with diverse applications and enormous growth potential. Lamboo, Inc. started with the intent of developing a product that satisfies the need for sustainability in the 21st Century while also providing a material that spans a range of applications and exceeds expectations of more traditional materials.

By way of introduction, bamboo holds the promise of being the sustainability wunderkind of the 21st Century when compared with traditional materials such as wood, steel and aluminum for the following reasons. Bamboo produces approximately 14 tons of fiber per acre every six to eight years or six times that of timber, which takes 25-30 years to mature. Bamboo can be harvested without replanting and the silica content makes the plant resistant to insect infestation. Bamboo sequesters about 35 percent more carbon than timber, has natural anti-microbial properties and a root structure that helps to eliminate soil erosion.

Lamboo, Inc. has developed and brought to market a new bamboo product – Laminated Veneer Bamboo (LBV). “We are truly leading an industrial materials revolution,” said Luke D. Schuette, President & Founder, Lamboo, Inc. As an architecture student at Southern Illinois University, Schuette became interested in and began testing various materials for strength, flexibility and sustainability.

“I ended up paying for my own testing at a St. Louis lab in order to determine if the product was going to be sufficient,” Schuette said, explaining the start-up process for Lamboo, Inc.

Laminated bamboo veneer was an idea so ahead of the curve that an American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) category or standards did not exist prior to 2007. Schuette and his team presented LBV to ASTM in 2007 and were awarded a new category and standards to compare LBV to other construction and design materials. Since Lamboo, Inc. has achieved the certification, the company has grown to a worldwide presence receiving a 2013 Governor’s Export Award for increasing their export market 63 percent from 2011 to 2012.

Lamboo, Inc. has four broad market categories that it intends to exploit – Architectural/Structural/High Performance Buildings, Aviation/Maritime/Automotive, Design and Industrial. “Lamboo, Inc. makes a laminated veneer product that is lighter and stronger than many traditional products,” Schuette noted. “Lamboo, Inc. is not designing office desks or guitars or commercial beams. We are partnering with companies around the world who desire a sustainable material.”

Products that Lamboo has been involved with include laminated structural beams, architectural elements such as louvers and awnings and window and door systems. Important for designers, architects and builders, no other raw material receives as many LEED points as LBV. Given LBV’s strength and light weight properties it is also a good fit for veneer applications for plane, yacht and car finishes. A tour around the Laboo office also identified some partnerships in the form of a prototype electric guitar, rifle stock and chandelier parts.

Schuette located Lamboo, Inc. in Springfield purposefully. The high quality of life and low cost of living played a large role in looking at Springfield. “Although we have partners around the world and we travel quite a bit, much of our business is conducted via email and Skype,” Schuette said. In fact, the company has brought partners to the Capitol City to experience what Springfield has to offer in hopes of generating further synergy for Lamboo’s products and business plan.

Sustainability in our daily lives is here for the long haul. Buildings and products will continue to seek new and innovative materials that retain and enhance the role traditional materials but with an edge on energy efficiency and environmental stewardship. Lamboo, Inc. is leading a revolution in sustainable materials from its perch overlooking the Old State Capitol. Luke Schuette and Lamboo, Inc. have made great strides and have plans for continued growth in Springfield, Central Illinois and the world.

Springfield Business Journal

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(Excerpt of article by David A. Kelm. NOT AFFILIATED WITH LAMBOO)

 

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Lamboo Inc. Earns USDA Recognition for Biobased Products


Lamboo Inc. has earned the USDA Certified Biobased Product Label. The USDA Certified Biobased Product Label verifies that the products amount of renewable biobased ingredients meets or exceeds prescribed USDA standards. Biobased products are goods composed in whole or in significant part of agricultural, forestry, or marine materials.

“We are proud to join the elite group of companies achieving 100% Biobased recognition from the USDA,” said Luke Schuette, founder and president of Lamboo. “The combination of sustainability and high-performance technology has spurred an industrial materials revolution. Lamboo will continue to advance sustainability working with industry leaders worldwide.”

All biobased amount claims are verified by independent labs and monitored by the USDA. Consumers may feel secure in the accuracy of the biobased amount and be empowered in making better informed purchasing decisions.

We are pleased that Lamboo Inc. has earned the USDA Certified Biobased Product Label,” said Ron Buckhalt, USDA BioPreferred Program Manager, “and appreciate that the company is using a fast-growing, rapidly renewable resource to make their products.”

The label is on certified products and available for consumers since August 27, 2013.

BioPreferred Label

About USDA BioPreferred

The USDA BioPreferred program was created by the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (2002 Farm Bill), and expanded by the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (2008 Farm Bill). The purpose is to increase the purchase and use of biobased products. The United States Department of Agriculture manages the program. Products that meet the USDA BioPreferred program requirements carry a distinctive label for easier identification by the consumer. To learn more about the USDA Certified Biobased Product Label please visit www.biopreferred.gov, and follow on Twitter at http://twitter.com/BioPreferred.

About Lamboo

Lamboo is the world leading materials technology company that specializes in engineered performance based bamboo for structural, architectural, and OEM industrial applications worldwide. Integration of select species of bamboo are processed into Lamboo’s SBP(Structural Bamboo Products) achieving advantages in performance, aesthetics, and sustainability. Lamboo Material Technologies provide durability, uniformity, and strength. Our advanced and continued global research and product integrations are focused on the following product divisions: Structural, Curtain Walls, Windows & Doors, Interiors, Exteriors, and Aviation & Nautical.

Lamboo Wins Governor’s Export Award


On July 31st, 2013 Lamboo was honored by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn as the recipient for the 2013 Illinois Governor’s Export Award in the Emerging/New Export Business category.

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Pictured Left, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, congratulating Lamboo, Inc. President and CEO, Luke Schuette (Right), at the award ceremony for 2013 Illinois Governor’s Export Award on July 31st, 2013. Lamboo received the honor in the Emerging/New Export Business category.

The award recognizes the rapid growth of Lamboo’s export sales in 2012 by 63 percent over 2011. 27 percent of the company’s total sales are now attributed to exports.

“We are immensely proud to receive this award,” said Luke Schuette, founder and president of Lamboo. “The award is testimony to the growing global recognition of Lamboo as a high-performance brand and the growing interest in bamboo as a sustainable raw material for green building and design applications.”

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn handed out the award at a ceremony in Chicago.

“Lamboo’s vision is to combine high-performance technology with sustainability,” said Schuette. “We see great potential for growth as the green building and ecological innovation wave within primary industries continues to spread across the globe.”

For further information, please contact Henrik Rasmussen at 202-403-4240 or henrik@lamboo.us.

Successful showcase of structural bamboo systems at AIA 2013!


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“It’s not where you start in life, it’s where you end up and all the places you went in between.” – United States General Colin L. Powell former U.S. Secretary of State

For the closing keynote speaker of the stimulating, three-day “Building Leaders” convention in Colorado, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) selected one of America’s most admired public figures to share wisdom and insight in becoming a great leader.

AIA 2013 was a great experience for Lamboo and our partners. Over the course of the show, Lamboo representatives Luke Schuette, CEO and Dir. of Research, along with Matt Paul, Dir. of Architectural Product Development, met with leaders, designers, and architects from all across the globe discussing the future of the building community, and the best steps towards a sustainable future.

Many of the attendees at the expo were shocked to learn of a structural grade bamboo material that can be easily integrated into their projects while out performing traditional sources in nearly every performance category.

Great connections were made at the show but we would like to especially thank our partners for their collaboration in making AIA 2013 such a huge success! These partners either incorporated Lamboo materials in their expo booth designs or were represented at the Lamboo booth. These partners include: H Window Company, NanaWall, Kolbe Windows & Doors, Dover Windows and Doors, Max-R, Pacific Architectural Millwork, G.R. Plume Company, Bless Construction Inc., and Alamco Wood Products.

These companies represent industry leaders and innovators who have chosen to take advantage of the tremendous benefits bamboo based Lamboo materials can offer.

Lamboo® Technologies AIA 2013 Booth!

Our Partner Alamco Wood Products

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For more information about the show, Lamboo products, or our partners please contact us ( here) or call (866) 966-2999!

Lamboo Blog ranked top site for ‘Green Construction’


Lamboo, Inc. awarded #5 spot for top ‘Green Construction’ site as a resource for students, researchers, and professionals within the industry.

100 sites were selected to be recognized for their efforts in various aspects of construction and architectural education such as home building, green construction, and materials & design.

Construction Management Degree was founded in 2010 and is a comprehensive online resource that lists every campus and online construction management degree offered in the U.S. They maintain this database in the effort to provide students who are considering a career in construction management with an unbiased and straightforward means of assessing their school options.

Construction management (CM) is the overall planning, coordination and control of a construction project from its inception to its completion. Construction managers must aim to meet a client’s requirements and direct a functionally and financially feasible project.

Lamboo, Inc. is honored to be recognized for this top distinction as a resource for individuals interested in the industry. Focused not only on sharing company updates we striveto provide news about developments in the architecture and construction sectors as well as educating our readers about the emerging resource of bamboo as a building material for the future.

Lamboo, Inc. Blog

For questions regarding Lamboo or our products please visit our website
at www.lamboo.us or contact us at info@lamboo.us  866-966-2999

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