MOSO Bamboo Solid Beam
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With the launch of the solid bamboo beam by MOSO, bamboo can now even be applied in several (semi) structural applications such as window- and doorframes. Applications in which (expensive) scarce tropical hardwood is mainly used.
Contrary to hardwood, the bamboo solid beam is a very regular material in terms of stability and structure (no knots, no resins coming out), and as a result is very easy to process. The length of the beam is 2440mm, though with finger jointing any length can be established. The beams are available in the colours caramel and natural, in both the side/plain pressed version (regular line pattern with bamboo nodes visible) and the extra hard high density version (tropical hardwood look – random line pattern). Particularly in the side/plain pressed version very beautiful line patterns come out after milling, due to the construction in various layers.
Key characteristics of MOSO Bamboo Solid Beam are that it is sustainable, ecological and highly renewable. The giant bamboo species MOSO grows to maturity within 5 years (compared to over 50 years for most hardwood species) and can therefore act as the green alternative for scarce tropical hardwood.
The material is also hard, stable & durable. With a hardness, density and dimensional stability similar to or better than good quality hardwoods, the MOSO Bamboo Computer Flooring can applied in heavy duty residential and commercial projects. The hardness of the high density version (9,5 kg/mm2 Brinell) is even superior to the hardest tropical hardwood species.
Official LCA studies by Delft University of Technology have confirmed that through the fast growth and use as bio-energy in end-of-life a large amount of CO2 is contained or substituted, which more than compensates for the low amount of CO2 released during the efficient production and transportation.
Technical characteristics of the material are a density of +/- 700 kg/m3 (SP), +/- 1050 kg/m3 (HD). Shrink/swell is 0,14% per 1% change in Moisture Content. The equilibrium MC is 10% at 20°C and 65% relative air humidity 8% at 20°C and 50% relative air humidity. Its formaldehyde emission is Class E1. MOSO‘s biological durability is Class 5.
Application of MOSO Bamboo Computer Flooring contributes to a higher BREEAM and LEED score.
On request MOSO Bamboo Computer Flooring can be provided with Formaldehyde free adhesive (E0, NAUF) and with FSC certification for additional BREEAM and LEED credits.