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    A unique thread by an independent thinker.

    Cheers.

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    Smithson,

    Excellent Post!

    I am planning a home/small resort on a Beach in Philippines built entirely from Bamboo.

    Initially I am obtaining a prefabricated Bamboo Home from Bamboo Living and will develop the Lot that I have over time.

    I am very interested in the Building Techniques that you have adopted jointing methods Roofing , Interior finishes etc etc.

    When I am next in BKK would it be possible to look you up and discuss?

    Regards


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    A friend of mine built a bamboo school. Termites turned out to be the biggest concern.
    He discovered after the fact that one accepted method of treatment is to soak the bamboo in salt water. Which apparently is common here.
    The other alternative is regular chemical treatment.
    I will be happy to show you the bamboo school. Before or after lunch at the nearby restauarant
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    Neal, where did he build the school? If you have more pics pls post.

    Even untreated I don't think termites are much of a problem because the bamboo should be elevated, as contact with soil will lead to rot quickly.

    Salt water is a traditional treatment and less effective than borax, which is considered the safest chemical treatment.

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    Off Theperak, near the outer ring road
    If you are buying I would be happy to show you.

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    Hi Vocalneal,

    The bamboo pilar should not be in soil ! You should make like 1 feet of concrete pilar first huge difference in longevity.

    If not too late you should really consider

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    Next version of school will be on wheels or at least delivered on a flat bed truck.

    Original idea was that a bamboo school would be portable, ie tied together. That somehow got lost as the site "manager" took over and it is now for all intents and purposes permanent. Even though the transient workers camp has now almost entirely gone.

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    ^^ This is really true, even treated bamboo should be kept at least 300 above ground. It should also be protected from the sun, nails should never be used and poles should be at least 3 yrs old.

    I've also had problems with 'site managers' trying to take over.

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    As I said iIm still happy to share a beer if you want to see the school. More of an excuse for a beer but...

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    SOunds interesting, what is the impact on the natural impact?

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    There's already one hippy working on the school project

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    that is some serious jungle living lol

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    Fantastic Smithson. You've really got me going as I would like to go down the same road but everyone seems to subscribe to the fact that insects will just eat away until if soon falls down.

    Great you've got that worked out. Good luck

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    Congratulations are in order your bamboo dwelling is now in print, it looks great. hardwork paid off!

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    How about a winter update? Any changes or effects from the cooler conditions? Is the weather mild enough to not cause any issues?

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    Great thread, the bamboo looks great. Certainly a different approach.
    Keep the pics coming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smithson View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jandajoy View Post
    I could do with some of those bamboo kitchen cabinets. They look good.
    These were custom made by a guy in Prachinburi along hwy33. There's a heap of places making different stuff with bamboo, however none it is preserved, so the lifespan is short and you'll be plagued with dust from the insects eating it.

    Depending on the use the stuff can be OK and is very cheap.
    We bought a king sized bed and a made to measure sofa - over 6 feet long (to double up as a single bed) and a high enough back that you can lean back and fully rest your head and a large coffee tabe. The whole lot cost us 5,000bt and its all going strong ten years later. Indeed it looks all the better for having been involved in a few house moves over the years.
    This is the way to go.

    Anymore pics? would love to see how the house is looking now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smithson View Post
    DESIGN
    Rather than being a luxury, I think sustainable housing is a necessity and therefore shouldn't be too expensive. Below are some of the things I took into consideration when designing:
    - No use of petrochemicals

    - Recycling of wastewater and humanure

    - As little 'embodied energy' as possible in materials (i.e. not having traveled long distances or requiring heaps of energy to produce, mine etc.)

    - No rubbish produced from the building site

    - Be energy efficient (no air con or lights required during daylight hours

    - Should be affordable, comfortable, blend with the surrounding and look half decent

    How are you getting on with the wastewater and humanure? I'm trying to get thermophilic temperatures in a normal compost heap (in preparation for a future humanure system) without much success so far.

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    your bamboo house

    you have made a superb and beautiful house. I admire your tenacity re keeping it green.

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    Just a quick update. It's been 3.5 years since we built the place, it's holding up fine the bamboo looks almost the same as it did when we started the build, no bugs or decay. The thatching needs to be replaced before next years rains, this would have given it a lifespan of 4 years. We'll do a better job replacing it, so five years should be OK. Living here full time, it's very comfortable without air con, although April-May is a bit hot, it's nothing like the concrete boxes.

    I'd love to build something bigger/better but have not been able to find workers interested in learning the proper techniques. Bamboo building is booming in other parts of Asia, but besides some some fancy stuff in the North, it hasn't caught on here.

    I've got all the practical knowledge for harvesting, treating and building techniques, but lack the engineering skills to get long spans (e.g. 8m). If there's any engineers out there interested in bamboo, I'd be happy to hear from you.

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    Well done Smithson....I have always admired a stoic and independent thinking person. You did the research, embraced any substantial improvements and advancements in bamboo construction and now you are reaping the rewards mate. The place looks fantastic and even if you only get 8 years without having to make any significant repairs it is well worth the effort. Good for you
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    Great well done as a self builder I admire your work

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    What is the highest wind speed you have in this area? More then 40 mph?
    I am in states with 70 mph at times, just wondering in Thailand, No hurricanes?
    Love it might make small area with AC in damp times Thanks so much!!

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    Fantastic thread - very interesting

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