The Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) recently made an announcement of their commitment to introduce a green certification scheme to the South African market with the long-term goal of decreasing the damage done by the building industry. Green building practices are one of the most cost-effective ways of combating climate change but carries with it significant benefits to the environment and economy. Terri Wills, CEO of the World Green Building Council, “The Green Building Council South Africa is demonstrating…
A new partnership for African development, through the use of bamboo, was recently announced by the Chinese State Forestry Administration,Inbar and the Netherlands. Through this new initiative they hope to improve rural income, assist land restoration and fight climate change through the development of bamboo resources and so doing stimulate green economic growth. This is indeed exciting times for Africa and bamboo! Key activities of the partnership: • Business development: Survey and assessment of bamboo resources and value chains in…
Key Messages in the recent INBAR (International Network for Bamboo & Rattan) Policy Synthesis Report: Bamboo is a vast untapped development resource that countries in the world’s tropical and sub-tropical regions can use in many ways to provide climate smart mitigation and adaptation solutions to their populations. It also brings ecosystem services and income generating opportunities. Benefits include cheap and renewable local energy sources, renewable components for affordable housing, rapid regeneration of soils and rangelands, the basis for new types of…
“The bamboo that bends is stronger than the oak that resists.” – Japanese Proverb
That is according to Prof Dirk Hebel (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich) where he was speaking at the World Architecture Festival 2015. "This has the potential to revolutionize our building industry and finally provide an alternative to the monopoly of reinforced concrete," He goes on to say: "We can produce a material that in terms of tensile capacity is better than steel," Hebel said. "Our material is only a quarter of the weight of steel. In terms of strength…
The benefits of bamboo are manifold and now there may be another one to add to the list: The potential of bamboo to help solve the growing need for housing in Africa. Bamboo, with it being world’s fastest growing plant, could be the perfect building material to meet this need. Full article below: "A paper by IDRC partner the International Network for Bamboo and Rattan assesses the potential of bamboo to meet East Africa’s urgent housing needs. In this region,…
We take a lot of pride in our green credentials and have therefore partnered with an leader in the bamboo industry, Bamboo Warehouse, which has more than 10 years experience in the industry. The below articles provide some more insight into how our bamboo is sourced: "Rest assured, our bamboo is sourced from reputable manufacturers that ensure that the bamboo is harvested and processed using the most eco friendly practices with as little impact on the environment as absolutely possible.…
Near-zero maintenance: Our composite decking is designed to resist weathering, warping and insects which means you won’t need to replace rotting or damaged boards as with wooden planks. You don’t need to paint, seal or stain it which means no yearly maintenance costs. Safety: Composite Decking is slip-resistant and splinter-free making your home, lodge or hotel safer for children or guests. Durability: The African continent is known for its varied and extreme climate. From thunderstorms and hail to the blistering…

 

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