About Bamboo

TERGAO equals hardwood


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“Bamboo a very eco-friendly building material, it grows extremely fast and is therefore rapidly renewable”


Why use bamboo products?

  • Bamboo is a rapidly renewable  resource.  It needs between 2 to 5 year to mature.  Many hardwoods can be harvested only after 60 to 100 years and the best timber comes from even older –majestic - trees
  • Use of bamboo reduces dependence on dwindling timber resources
  • No erosion: As bamboo is a grass and not a tree , it has a very dense root structure that is not affected when the bamboo stems are harvested. The roots keep the soil and nutrients together for continuous growth.  Clear cut  wood forests  not only lead to destruction of bio diversity and but  inevitably result in erosion of the top soil  that washes away into the oceans.
  • Bamboo is harvested and replenished with no impact on the environment. It can be selectively harvested annually and is capable of complete regeneration without need to replant.
  • Bamboo provides an affordable building product  for local housing. More than 1 billion people across the globe live in homes made or partly made from bamboo.
  • Regeneration of soil. From the more than 1000 species of bamboo, some can grow in many  different climates, on flat lands and steep hill sides. It is an effective tool against erosion and can even be used to regenerate eroded land
  • It is organic:  no pesticides and artificial fertilizer are needed in a healthy productive bamboo forest, which grows in a natural organic way

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Bamboo facts

  • The tallest bamboo can grow at up to 90 cm/day, reaching heights over 30-35 meters (100-115 feet) in just 4-6 months . This is comparable with the average lighthouse.
  • Bamboo minimizes CO2 gases and generates up to 35% more oxygen then equivalent stand of trees. 1 hectare of bamboo sequesters approximately 62 tons of CO2/year
    (source: J.Janssen, Technical University Eindhoven, 2000)).
  • Bamboo is one of the most eco-friendly building materials, it's sturdy and solid, yet it grows extremely fast
  • Where oak takes 120 years to grow to maturity, bamboo can be harvested in 3 to 5 years
  • The Biggest Bamboo stalk measures 46 meters in height,36 centimeters in width and an estimated weight of 450 kg. This giant bamboo plant grew to its full potential during a single year.

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A report worth reading, with many interesting bamboo uses and facts is:`Bamboo in Sustainable Contemporary Design'
by Rebecca Reubens from Delft University. Where TERGAO is a more high tech , high capital investment product. This is more about low tech uses where bamboo is very useful for the local economy. Hands on practical ideas and wonderful design.

Interesting bamboo facts from Rebecca's report for INBAR:

  • Thomas Edison used a carbonized bamboo filament for his electric
  • light bulb. It was patented in 1880 and still burns at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC.
  • Thomas Edison also used bamboo as rebar instead of steel for the  reinforcement of a lot of his structures including his swimming pool, which has not leaked to date.
  • Alexander Graham Bell used bamboo for his first phonograph needle
  • Bamboo was the only living thing to survive the 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima at ground zero and provided the first re greening after the blast.
  • Over 1 billion people in the world live in bamboo houses.
  • Bamboo houses are ideal in earthquake prone regions
  • Bamboo houses are have even withstood 9 magnitude earthquakes.
  • Bamboo vinegar is beneficial for skin and hair diseases as psoriasis. It is antibacterial,
  • relieves itching and odor
  • Bamboo has a tensile strength superior to that of mild steel and its weight to strength ration surpasses that of graphite. Bamboo withstands 52000 pounds of pressure per square inch.  A 220 meter long and 2.7 meter wide suspension bridge in China rests entirely on bamboo cables.
  • Bamboo fiber is antibacterial and with high absorbency It is an excellent insulator and has anti static properties.
  • Bamboo leaves are said to have medicinal value leaves are said to have medicinal value and are used by indigenous people to treat
  • fevers, and as diuretics. The leaves are also used as fodder for animals and fish during times of scarcity.
  • Bamboo is excellent for watershed protection and soil remediation excellent for watershed protection and soil remediatio It prevents run off, prevents riverbank erosion and helps mitigate water pollution due to its high nitrogen consumption



TERGAO organizes EUTR seminars at Carrefour du Bois Nantes

At the last Carrefour du Bois, TERGAO organized a set of lectures about the EU Timber Regulation and its impact on the EU wood industry. The event was sponsored by the EFI and ETTF.

The presentations on the EUTR and its potential effects on business and trade, were given by ATIBT,  ETTF, Le Commerce du Bois and the French Ministry of Agriculture.

TERGAO plays a very active role in advocating the EUTR and other market initiatives and regulations that protect our rain forests

Read full ETTF article


Appetite for Destruction

A report examining the extent and impacts of China’s voracious consumption of timber, featuring several case studies from countries whose forests are being severely depleted, and calling on the Chinese Government to act swiftly and decisively in strengthening its enforcement and ensuring illegal timber is barred from its markets.


About the EIA:





Our mission is to innovate the wood market by developing sustainable and affordable alternatives for hardwood. Our vision is to provide the international wood market with such an abundant supply of good products that de demand for ilegally harvested hardwood will reduce. We want to keep the rainforest like it is and give it time to recover.

Keep the trees in the forest. The future of hardwood is grass.

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a tree
logs. cut down trees
bamboo pole 27 meters
bamboo forest Sichuan


Incredible bamboo structure

Designed by our friends from 24H-architecture  . The  Six Senses Soneva Kiri eco-resort has build an amazing structure for kids on the island of Koh Kood in Thailand. These architects from Rotterdam really understand how to make this world more beautiful and fun.

24H bamboo

Affordable bamboo housing floats when it floods

Vietnamese design firm H&P Architects created this low-cost, disaster-resistant housing prototype that actually floats atop a base made of reused oil drums.

EU introduces illegal timber import controls

EU Timber Regulation (EUTR)  -March 3 - 2013-  requires importers or sellers of timber and wood products to keep records of the sources of their supplies.


Act now

Appetite for Destruction. China’s Trade in Illegal Timber

A report examining the extent and impacts of China’s voracious consumption of timber, featuring several case studies from countries whose forests are being severely depleted.

TED talks we like

Inspiring story on how the bring the forest back and help the orang`utans  http://www.ted.com/talks/willie_smits_restores_a_rainforest.html

Amazing story about the Bali Geen school and its bamboo buildings http://www.ted.com/talks/john_hardy_my_green_school_dream.html


Next to sawn timber, TERGAO provides cut to size products like moldings, superior decking, contsruction beams,  finger jointed beams and crane mats. We service The Asian as well as the Western markets

TERGAO decking
TERGAO DEx T & G heads
tergao decking tiles 500x500 and 1000x1000
5900mm finger jointed tergao
profiles tergao


Please feel free to contact us. We will be happy to answer your questions

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