Bamboo is a traditional building material throughout the world’s tropical and sub-tropical regions. It is a renewable and versatile resource, with high strength and low weight. That’s why it is widely used in different forms of construction, particularly for housing in rural areas. It can also be used to make traps, cages, tools, weapons, bridges, rafts, towers, fences, water wheels, irrigation pipe, and thousands of other items.
Bamboo can be utilized as a building material as for scaffolding, bridges and houses. It is widely recognized as one of the most important non-timber forest resources due to the high socioeconomic benefits from bamboo based products. It is estimated that there are 1200 species of bamboo. Most of them grow in Asia, Africa and Latin America. It is locally available material to various areas in India like Kerala, Assam, West Bengal, etc. Hence it depicts in the traditional & vernacular Architecture of those places. We at Prithwe Earth Centre are enthusiastic to encourage and utilize of bamboo as a versatile building material. Prithwe Earth Centre premise itself showcases superlative examples bamboo architecture within the campus in the form of residences, training hall, etc. Bamboo Architecture endows us with limitless potential for the future as it offers us strength, sustainability, versatility, and serves as a green initiative.
WHY BAMBOO MUST BE USED AS A BUILDING MATERIAL?
It is fastest-growing renewable natural building material.
The material is easily available & eco-friendly.
Bamboo is a viable (if not better!) alternative for steel, concrete and masonry as an independent building material.
It is cost effective and easy to work.
It can be easily bend, give desired shape and can provide joints to suit the construction.
Its enormous elasticity makes it a very useful building material in areas with very high risks of earthquakes.
Bamboo has a higher compressive strength than wood, brick or concrete and a tensile strength that competitor to steel.