Key Properties of Commercial Bamboo that Modern Designers Should Know

In recent years, there has been a strong demand to find eco-friendly design materials that can help alleviate environmental problems. Thanks to commercial bamboo, the need for renewable, sustainable and high-quality resources for architectural and design projects in various sectors has been answered.

Why is this so? Commercial bamboo has key properties that are very useful in completing modern design ideas. You’ll learn more about this as you read through this article.

Key Properties of Commercial Bamboo that Modern Designers Should Know

The Key Properties of Commercial Bamboo

Tensile Strength

Did you know that the tensile strength of commercial bamboo is higher than steel? Tensile strength refers to a material’s capacity to be resistant to breakage under tension. In this aspect, bamboo beats steel.

Steel has a tensile strength of 23,000 pounds per square inch while bamboo has a higher tensile strength with 28,000 pounds per square each. This can be attributed to the fibres of bamboo that run axially.


Under low humidity, bamboo is less prone to mould attacks, particularly when humidity content is not more than 15%. The quality of bamboo also tends to increase when humidity is lower. 

Even without any protective treatment added to bamboo, most of its species has average durability of 2 years or less. On the other hand, when it is stored under cover it can last for up to 7 years even without treatment.

To summarise the durability of untreated bamboo:

  • Bamboo exposed to soil and atmosphere will last for 1 to 3 years
  • Bamboo stored indoors will last for 4 to 7 years
  • Bamboo under ideal conditions will last from 10 to 15 years


Bamboo is lightweight which makes transportation and installation of this material easier. Compared to wood, it is a bit lighter but it is 2 to 3 times stronger than timber. As it is a lightweight material, it can be used as scaffoldings, ceilings and shadings.

It is also due to this property of bamboo that it is a preferred building material for earthquake-prone regions. In addition to being lightweight, commercial bamboo also has an elastic structure which is another advantage, especially in areas commonly hit by earthquakes.

Did you know:

A bamboo house in Bhutan was able to endure a magnitude 7.6 earthquake without any damage.


Bamboo is harvested and cultivated in an eco-friendly manner. It is very sustainable and can be replenished when cut down. In fact, a bamboo plant can grow to full size in a span of 3 to 4 months while standard trees will take around 30 years or more to reach maturity.


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As a modern designer, it will help if you familiarise yourself with the key properties of bamboo and how it differs from steel, timber, and other building materials. Commercial bamboo excels in terms of qualities that are important for construction and design. Aside from the key properties of commercial bamboo mentioned above, it is also a cost-effective option. With bamboo as your material of choice, you can give your clients the best value for their money.

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