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My newest work promotes the study and imitation of nature’s remarkably efficient designs into foundations and walls of homes. My facility in rainforest of Costa Rica is bringing together eco engineers, architects and innovators who can use those models to create sustainable technologies. From K-12 classrooms to universities, from earthhomes that store and create warmth. My newest project is a tropical earthhomes that create cooler temperatures. Biological researchers around the world are coming to the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica, the most bio intense place on earth. I am passionate about developing educational programs for carpenters, builders and contractors with an interest in preservation vs. development. Students, professionals and the general public is welcome to attend my Biomimicry workshop in 2014. Working to create public policies that use biomimicry as a solution to sustainability challenges. Encouraging companies that are profiting from biomimicry to provide financial support for biodiversity.
Bamboo, it’s true, is nothing new, but something
worthy of review. Bamboo has been an important plant material
for millennia. In the last several decades, however,
it has come to the forefront with forward-
looking architects, engineers, builders, and
anyone interested in sustainable material sources.
A little research—-and there is an abundance of
information about it—-reveals why.
Bamboo is a truly remarkable plant. It grows
incredibly fast, up to several feet a day. Its soil retention
characteristics make it ideal for reforestation
and watershed protection. Its absorption
and retention of atmospheric carbon make it
a strong counter-measure to the production of
greenhouse gases. Its strength and resilience are
extraordinary. It is useful in nearly every part:
the poles for building structures and furniture;
the milled wood for flooring, plywood and utensils;
the split wood for screens, baskets, lath and
partitions; the fiber for cloth and paper, the young
shoots of many species are edible.
Also unlike concrete and steel, it will support
fungi and vermin. In fact, it must be treated to
be an effective structural component, as termites,
beetles and fungi can destroy it in two or three
years. This is an aspect very important to its environmental
friendliness: it would be antithetical
to develop a sustainable building product that
required treatment by toxic chemicals, especially
petrochemicals. Fortunately, it isn’t necessary to
resort to such toxins.
Traditionally bamboo was simply immersed in
water for about six weeks. In Nepal, where this
technique is still in practice, it is considered to
extend the useful life of bamboo by ten years.
Apparently, bamboo’s appeal to insects and fungi
is owed mostly to the high starch content of its
cells, which is to some extent leached out by
soaking in water. There are impracticalities to
this method, however, especially in large-scale
harvesting operations. Other immersion methods,
like those used to treat lumber are also problematic,
as the hard, non-porous surface and physical
structure of bamboo make it resistant to the
penetration of liquids.House Hunters International Costa Rica Full Episode HGTV. An interview with real estate agent Rebecca Clower, who will be featured in both a new House Hunters episode and the upcoming reality show pilot.
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