You are buying a new home or renovating an existing one. Of all the materials you are considering, flooring is one of the most important because it affects the look and feel of the whole house. We know flooring should be attractive, durable, easily maintained, and complimentary to the integral design of the house and lifestyle of the homeowner. Today we also know it is important to choose material that assures a healthy home environment as well. Bamboo is one of the best new product solutions in the flooring industry for natural home design. Even though it is a grass, it looks and behaves like a hardwood. Bamboo also satisfies the buyer’s two primary concerns: it is both beautiful and durable. Competitive in price and performance with other standard floor materials, bamboo tests out at 95% the hardness of red oak. Its tensile strength of 28,000psi exceeds that of steel in laboratory tests, yet it is lightweight and flexible. As one of the fastest growing plants in the world, bamboo sprouts up faster than any tree. Where a hardwood tree used in flooring may take more than 120 years to mature, bamboo can be harvested every 3-7 years. Some species reportedly grow up to 18 inches a day in Asia. Consequently, bamboo is a plentiful and renewable resource that has served as one of the most ancient and prolific building materials known in cultures throughout the world. Flooring is our most visibly used surface in the home. Given its characteristics, bamboo makes sense as a creative and practical design choice. At Livingreen we continually look for smart, new alternative solutions to standard building and finishing materials. We want to create healthier home living while reducing negative impact upon the homeowner and surrounding environment. These materials improve indoor air quality, produce less toxic construction waste that has to be removed, or simply offer the best design choice in keeping with the overall feel of the project.