Bamboo panels like the ones pictured here are helping college teams make a run at winning the D.O.E.'s prestigious Solar Decathlon competition.

The Solar Decathlon, a biennial competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, is set to take place at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, Calif, Oct. 3-13, 2013.

Bamboo floors are becoming a go-to design element in modern homes.

Architects and designers in search of new ways to create spaces that are both stylish and ecologically sound are increasingly turning to bamboo as their material of choice.

The Parthenon, in Athens, is one of the earliest examples of how the golden ratio can be applied in architecture.

For more than 2,000 years, architects, artists and designers have used the "golden ratio" as the basis for their work.

The material and style you use on your walls will go a long way toward setting the tone for the room.

When it comes to designing a home or office space, inspiration can come from anywhere.

Mixing disparate design elements can give your office a look that is both welcoming and memorable.

Blending different styles can be one of the toughest challenges when designing or redesigning a residential or commercial space.

Bamboo has become an essential alternative material for building and redesigning decks and other outdoor areas.

What better way to accentuate your outdoor spaces than to use a natural grass to build your deck or patio?

Bamboo panels can be an integral part of any indoor design scheme.

When people design or redesign their indoor spaces, most of the attention is often paid to floors, furniture and appliances. As for walls and cabinetry, they can often be second thoughts, or simply places to hang paintings and photographs.

Choosing bamboo floors will help you prevent stains and scratches in the first place.

One of the great satisfactions of installing new hardwood floors is being able to show them off to guests.

Strand bamboo flooring is both beautiful and sustainable.

Whether you're looking to install flooring or paneling in a new building or redo existing surfaces,you're going to want to consider the environmental impact of the material you choose, along with price and visual appeal.

Bamboo floors and panels can be an key design elements as you mesh the old and the new when redesigning your vintage home.

Designers and DIYers often appreciate nothing more than taking a vintage home and using their skills and experience to turn it into a mesh of classic and modern styles.

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