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Assessing the Use of Bamboo for Low-Cost Housing

Fat Kee Leung For Sang

Assessing the Use of Bamboo for Low-Cost Housing

Bamboo has been described as an amazing carbon sink, being able to photosynthesize at an amazing rate, storing the carbon in its own tissue. Engineers have described it as the “vegetal steel” because of its material properties. Sadly many people view it as a poor man’s material which has hindered its wider use. There is a whole palette of bamboo technologies and this research paper tries to identify which ones are likely to be accepted by analysing them according to a “stratified” list of criteria. In general it was found that the more vernacular ways of using bamboo would fail to gain acceptance but there are avenues in which acceptance could be improved. Modern methods of using the material, though less likely to be rejected, come at both greater environmental and monetary costs.