Improving Air Quality

March 23, 2011 in Admin

Using Plyboo’s no added formaldehyde flooring and plywood are a great first step, but what about ways to rid your home or office of harmful emissions from other indoor items? Below are two super-awesome videos outlining steps you can take to improve the air quality in your environment.

Kamal Meattle’s TED Talk on how using plants to improve air quality.

Zem of EcoFabulous giving a simple way to improve indoor air quality.

FSC-certified PlybooStrand plywood and flooring will make its debut at Greenbuild 2010

November 14, 2010 in Uncategorized

An interior material popular among architects and designers for its incredible beauty,  durability and compatibility for commercial installations, PlybooStrand flooring and plywood is now available FSC-certified and will be officially launched at Greenbuild 2010 this month in Chicago.

“Strand bamboo has long been popular with the architecture and design community for its performance, aesthetic and environmental qualities,” according to Smith & Fong’s president and founder, Dan Smith. “Adding FSC certification enables architects and designers to potentially capture even more points with an already LEED-rich product.”

Strand bamboo is different from conventional bamboo products, both visually and structurally: flooring planks and panels are manufactured through a process in which bamboo strips are compacted into a super-dense block. The composite material is then milled into planks and panels. No urea-formaldehyde is used in the production process. Its average hardness rating is 3,000 lbf—more than twice that of red oak—making the flooring ideal for high-traffic and commercial installations.

PlybooStrand varies in aesthetic from a traditional hardwood flooring to an exotic feel like Smith & Fong’s popular Neopolitan product, which brings to mind zebrawood.

The company is offering PlybooStrand panels in 3/16” x 30” x 72” single-ply and ½” and ¾” in a 4’ x 6’ three-ply construction. The flooring is available in the same styles in 3/8” and 9/16” thicknesses.

FSC PlybooStrand plywood and flooring are both PlybooPure urea formaldehyde-free. The plywood is certified Indoor Advantage Gold® and the flooring is FloorScore®-certified.

Potential LEED-credit contributions:

MRc6: Rapidly Renewable Materials
MRc7: Certified Wood
IEQc4.3: Flooring Systems
IEQc4.4: Low Emitting Materials (No Added Urea Formaldehyde)

The Differences Between Flat, Edge and End Grain Plywood

September 29, 2010 in FAQ series

Welcome to the first post in our FAQ Series! As the series name suggests, this is a question we get asked a lot: what are the differences between Flat Grain, Edge Grain and End Grain when talking about bamboo flooring and bamboo plywood?

Answer: bamboo plywood is made by laminating (gluing) strips of bamboo, and these names refer to the orientation of the strips. We’ll compare the first two, first.

Flat Grain is also creatively known as “flat/horizontal cut” or “flat sawn”. Strips are laid flat along their lengths. Edge Grain‘s alter egos are “vertical cut” or “quartersawn”, and involve strips laid down on their short-sides, as shown below*:

flat and edge grain construction in bamboo plywood
*Linear-Ply and Single-Ply shown, respectively. Products also available in 3-Ply.

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Custom Condo with Neopolitan Media Cabinet

August 25, 2010 in Guest writer

by guest writer Adam Crain, with dbd Studios, LLC

finished Nepolitan bamboo media cabinet

In late 2009, we had a dream client. He approached us with the intent of refurnishing his entire condo in Washington, D.C. with custom work. We were given leeway to design pretty much whatever we wanted, so we set our main focus on the two opposing walls in the living room. Our first project was an undulating, over-the-top bookshelf that ran along the entry wall. Our design for that wall included hardly any straight lines, so we looked at controlling the ‘chaos’ along the opposing TV wall with a formal, lineated piece.

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The Concordance Workstation

August 16, 2010 in Guest writer

by guest writer Rob Grimm, with Tork Design

As an environmentally smart company, Tork Design is very concerned with the amount of waste we generate. We look to find ways to maximize the size of our raw materials by making this directly proportionate to the size of our finished pieces. For example, our Concordance workstation is made from two 4’ x 8’ sheets of Plyboo with the only waste being the cut lines of the saw blade. Saw dust as the only lost material means that we have no piles of scrap lying about our plant and our impact on the environment is negligible.

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