The Materials Book

338 Iron That Grows in the Garden: Untreated bamboo has the strength of steel and, where codes allow, can serve as its replacement Making steel requires almost fifty times as much energy as growing bamboo, with an equal tensile strength. And bamboo has an impermeable coating that protects it from water, so it won’t rot like almost all other organic materials do. Though few building codes allow bamboo as an alternative to steel, there are no restrictions for uses such as these sun shades. 338 Example: Untreated bamboo rods, seen in Avasara Academy, Pune, India Contributed by: Case Design, India

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