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Source: Studio Cardenas

China's Sustainable Housing Options Gets Boost With Energy-Efficient Bamboo Homes

By Brian Spaen

China has seen a growth in sustainable housing. In order to solve a rising crisis of homes being destroyed from natural disasters, rural villages have been quickly building green-roofed homes. They’ve also taken advantage of the large amount of bamboo in the Baoxi area with energy efficient houses.

While most of China is using concrete to build structures, bamboo has been increasing over recent years. It retains many of the same features that timber has, but has added benefits such as being more flexible and having a lot of strength. The product can be generally lighter than other wood yet it’s tough as steel.

"Bamboo is becoming increasingly popular as a building material in architecture, interior, and industrial design," Dylan Baker-Rice of Affect-T in Hong Kong told Dezeen back in 2014. "We are using bamboo more and more in much of own work as we notice many other designers are in Asia and South and Central America. We expect to see a lot more of it in upcoming buildings, in particular here in China."