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Introduction to bamboo as a material for a sustainable future

Munir Vahanvati

on 19 September 2011

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Structures Products Running Architecture Cars Transportation Koh Kood Island Uses of bamboo BAMBOO Bamboo Loveshack Earth Dance Spiral fastest growing perennial grass bamboo forest grows in tropical and temperate area 1500 different species Bridges Furniture Food Fashion Bikes Boats Traditional Contemporary ZERI Pavillion Green School National Institute of Design (NID)
Ahmedabad scaffolding Clumping Types of bamboo -
Running Flowering cross-section what is bamboo? why bamboo? Bamboo in Australia Bamboo is one of the fastest growing grasses in the world with some species growing as much as 1ft a day. The poles mature at 3 to 5 years and are ready to harvest for construction or other projects.
Bamboo grows with minimal energy needs and without the need of fertilizers or pesticides. Harvesting bamboo does not require any sophisticated tools. Bamboo poles require minimal processing before they can be used for construction and if sourced locally, very less energy is used in the transportation. Bamboo is a highly renewable resource because it is very fast growing and needs no replanting. For harvesting the poles, one need not cut the entire plant, as bamboo plant keeps producing new shoots providing a continuous supply of poles. Bamboo is one of the strongest natural materials. With a tensile strength superior to steel and compressive strength stronger than concrete, it is one of the most versatile and durable natural resources on earth. Bamboo is one of the fastest growing grasses in the world with some species growing as much as 1ft a day. The poles mature at 3 to 5 years and are ready to harvest for construction or other projects.
Renewable resource Low embodied energy Fast Growing Structurally strong Versatile Grow your own The ease of growing bamboo and fast growth rate means one can grow their own raw material and use it for construction and other projects within 5 years. This is much quicker than growing timber which would normally take 30 to 50 years. Great for DIY Bamboo is very easy to build with making it an ideal material for DIY projects. The versatility of the material means there are various possibilities and every size of bamboo has a use. Empowerment & Skill Development In developing countries bamboo can be used to empower people in the rural areas by providing skill and knowledge of using bamboo that grows locally. It creates new employment opportunities in the rural areas and prevents people from migrating to the city. Micro Enterprise In developing countries there is great potential for local enterprise to thrive once sustainable integrated farming systems are encouraged. Low-cost technology requirement, low skill-requirement and low overhead costs give opportunities for people to generate jobs for themselves and hence create micro enterprise. Interior Design Future of bamboo... what is bamboo?
why bamboo?
uses of bamboo
bamboo in australia
bamboo in permaculture
what's next... Why we like bamboo? grows abundantly in Northern NSW & Queensland
no building regulations for bamboo
no supplier of locally treated poles
difficult to get the right species for construction
comparatively expensive
engineered structural systems very versatile material
every project is a challenge
no set rules or norm
no standardisation
lot of fun Thank you... Munir & Mittul Vahanvati
munir@giantgrassdesign.com Is bamboo a weed?
A plant considered undesirable, unattractive, or troublesome, especially one growing where it is not wanted, as in a garden. industrialised processes forest depletion self sufficiency
prevent soil erosion
wind barrier
water purification
carbon sequestration
bamboo biochar bamboo in permaculture
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