Vietnamese architectural companies have recently produced a low-cost home built entirely of bamboo. Called, Blooming Bamboo, the house was built to withstand the vicious flooding that can occur in that area. The plan is to be able to mass produce this exact model, and sell it for a cost that is affordable to the local population. 473 square feet is the total area of the Blooming Bamboo home, standing on stilts and built around a central bamboo frame. The home contains both indoor and outdoor terraces as well as room for animals.
Blooming Bamboo is currently able to hold fast against floods that are 5 feet in depth, but work is being done to expand this to 10 feet. The architectural firm H&P says this home can be built in as little as 25 days, and will be available for around $2,500.
Recently, we wrote a story about Santa Clara University students that built an solar house that applied bamboo to many of the main structural elements. H&P and Santa Clara University represent increased advancements in scientific application of bamboo into our societies. Bamboo is currently not used because most people don’t know how. That is the simple fact. Some people criticize its use of a very small amount of chemicals; scientist have not seen reason to study this plant. With more and more of the world becoming familiar and demanding bamboo within the economic cycle, scientists and other bright minds are now finding ways to apply and utilize this resource in better ways.
Bamboo represents a vastly renewable and sustainable resource that can be utilized in many industries. With its low-water use and lack of chemical usage, bamboo can and should replace many other processes that require many chemicals (like cotton). However, since bamboo is only grown, commercially, in China, it is going to require a large effort on the part of consumers to expand cotton to this side of the world. One scientist mused, that if bamboo was planted on a global scale, that the adverse effects of global warming could be reversed in as little as 6 years. Many of the daily items and products we use can be enhanced or replaced by bamboo. If we start to ask for these items, companies will have a greater desire to purchase bamboo plantations in another hemisphere.