Jenni Quach | Blog 5
In the article Uses for Bamboo in Sustainable Building, bamboo is described as a versatile, renewable material. Kati, the author, expresses that bamboo should become a universal building material. On the other hand, I feel that bamboo would flourish as a building material only in tropical areas
If non-tropical areas were to use bamboo, then it would result in a higher cost due to shipping; bamboo only grows in tropical climates (Kati). If bamboo was shipped worldwide, there is a chance of the material diminishing during its travel. There is also the question of the material’s sturdiness in a non-tropical climate. Will it sustain snowy weather?
Kati suggests creating bamboo plantations to fix the cost, but it does not solve the issue of the bamboo’s sturdiness in harsh weather. Even if bamboo plantations were established, they could potentially do more harm depending on how it is built or maintained. Since bamboo grows quickly, it could diminish the soil nutrients, especially because we would harvest it every 3 to 6 years (Kati).
Those who live in tropical climates have the advantage of optimizing the sustainability of bamboo. Seeing that the material is grown locally, there would not be much of a shipping fee. It would be ideal to avoid using bamboo in nontropical areas because of the need to constantly treat the material to prevent rot, insects, fungi, and fire; it would need to be replaced every 2 to 3 years (Kati). It is not readily available for international users. However, it is available for individuals in tropical climates.
Tropical areas that use the local material create benefits for the local community such as forming jobs. If the locals were to use other materials from international sources, then there would be less benefits for the locals. It is the same concept for other areas as well; using local materials is the better option because they benefit the local community
Kati. “Uses for Bamboo in Sustainable Building.” Green Build. N.p., 12 June 2012. Web. 4 Oct. 2016. <http://www.greenbuild.org/new-construction/uses-for-bamboo-in-sustainable-building/>.
Robison, Jonna. Bamboo School in Bali. Digital image. N.p., 29 May 2011. Web. 4 Oct. 2016. <http://travelwithjonna.typepad.com/travel-with-jonna/2011/05/a-culture-vulture-in-bali.html>.