SUSTAINABILITY

Western Hemisphere Sourcing

ReNüTeq is the only USA based international bamboo company that has established its sourcing from the Western Hemisphere. 

 

Importing bamboo from Asia is extremely inefficient for projects in the USA and Europe, and adds to greenhouse gas emissions through massive transportation distance.  "For logistics reasons alone, companies that claim to be sustainable while importing their primary raw materials from the other side of the world for their local market sector is clearly misinformation and disqualifies them from claiming to be sustainable." Quote by Luke Schuette - Founder and CEO of ReNüTeq.  

 

 

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Bamboo Sequesters 10x Carbon vs Trees:

Guadua bamboo has a unique geometric growth curve that makes it 10x faster than tree-based CO2 drawdown. Intensively harvested, our bamboo can sequester up to 1.76 tones CO2/clump/year, or up to 362 tones/hectare/year in an optimally managed farm.  SEB (Structural Engineered Bamboo): Estimated Carbon Sequestration: 1,316 kg/m3 = of CO2(LCA)

Bamboo Produces 37% More Oxygen: 

Guadua bamboo not only sequesters carbon, but it also produces oxygen as it grows.  Guadua bamboo produces up to 37% more oxygen than trees!  During the industrial revolution and even today massive quantities of natural tree growth has been removed around the world. Timber construction is considered sustainable when compared to concrete and steel, but it is no where near the sustainability case for bamboo especially when accounting for the already depleted natural forests. 

Bamboo Stabilizes and Nourishes the Soil: 

Guadua bamboo's root system stays in tact throughout growth and harvest. When timber is harvested the root system dies and causes drastic soil instability, and the consequence is top soil erosion. Extreme cases of this have occurred all over the world in places such as India, Asia, and Central/South America.  When old growth and timber farms are removed the quality top soil is lost and regrowth of any form of vegetation is limited. "Save the Soil to Save the Environment. Soil degradation is the most pressing ecological challenge of our time. Agriculture can only thrive on rich soil – there is simply no other way. Regeneration of Soil is Invigoration of Life." States Sahdguru founder of Isha Foundation - India. 

Total Embodied Energy: 

Aluminum/Steel ~ 200–220 Mj/kg

Vinyl/PVC/Plastics ~ 65-75 Mj/kg

Fiberglass ~ 40-50 Mj/kg

ReNüTeq Structural Engineered Bamboo ~ 25-35 Mj/kg

Engineered Wood ~ 22-31 Mj/kg

Wood ~ 0.3-24 Mj/kg

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STANDARD CREDITS

EA Credit 1      |  Optimize Energy Performance

MR Credit 6     |  Rapidly Renewable Resources

MR Credit 7     |  Certified Woods

EQ Credit 4.1   |  Low-Emitting Adhesives and Sealants

EQ Credit 4.1   |  Low-Emitting Materials

 

INNOVATION CREDITS

ID Credit 1       |  Environmental Performance, Innovation in Design

ID Credit 2       |  Life Cycle Assessment, Innovation in Design

ReNüTeq has implemented patented technology that focuses on optimizing the highest performance fiber of the culm utilizing the highest performance species of bamboo in the world resulting in the most efficient use of the raw material and less waste:

 

Guadua sourced from Latin America is the largest and fastest growing, and is over 2 times stronger than any other bamboo species making ReNüTeq's SEB (Structural Engineered Bamboo) products the strongest natural resource for the building industry. The specifically selected bamboo culm is then processed in ReNüTeq's processing facilities located in Ecuador & Columbia (South America): Age Selection, Harvest, Drying, Exterior Treatments.