Saturday, November 30, 2019

Bamboo architecture is sustainable and beautiful

Once considered to be the building material of the poorer class, bamboo now has become a popular material choice in architecture and design projects. Bamboo because of its sustainable qualities and hard-wearing characteristics as it has a higher compressive strength than concrete or wood, and rivals the tensility of steel is now being used more often than before.

The popularity Bamboo architecture is growing and has become the choice of architects and artists believing in green and sustainable buildings. Bamboo is a unique building material in that it is strong in both rigidity and density and unlike wood, most species of bamboo that are used in architecture can be harvested after three to 6 years of growth. There are more and more places including residential business buildings that are being built with bamboo as a main material or at least an accenting material of the architecture.

The potential of bamboo is now being utilized in the construction. It's natural properties are making it a valuable asset. It can be compressed and used for such construction needs as heavy lifting and transport. In fact, compressed bamboo has a tensile strength that is stronger than steel.

The versatile quality of bamboo makes it a good material for flooring, roofing, concrete reinforcement, scaffolding (used in Hong Kong for building skyscrapers), piping and for walls. Indoors, bamboo could be an excellent material for beds, sofas, tables and chairs. Textured bamboo panels enhance the walls, ceilings and sides of breakfast bars and cabinets. Sleek bamboo floor panels and floor mats are common these days. Even kitchens have bamboo spoons, spatulas, tumblers, water bottles and cutting boards.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Benefits Of Living Walls

Living walls are also known as green walls or vertical gardens. A living wall is a wall partially or completely covered with greenery that includes a growing medium, such as soil, water or a substrate. An integrated water delivery system is generally found in the most of the living walls. Living walls may help buildings become more energy efficient which leads to a decrease in carbon emissions.

The living wall is a kind of system that supports a diversity of plant species, including a mixture of ground covers, ferns, low shrubs, perennial flowers, and edible plants. These walls perform better in full sun, shade, and interior applications, and can be used in both tropical and temperate locations.

Benefits Of Living Walls

- Improves air quality
- Contribute to Carbon Dioxide/Oxygen Exchange
- Reduces the urban heat
- Reduces ambient noise inside and outside
- Provides a rainwater buffer
- Protects building envelope
- Adds value to the building
- Extends facade life span
- Enhances aesthetics
- Increases the feeling of well-being