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マウイ島 ヘルス・トーク Maui Dwellings Receive Bamboo Building Permits

Maui Dwellings Receive Bamboo Building Permits

Bamboo and the island lifestyle have always seemed a perfect fit. In Hawaii's climate, bamboo flooring, furniture and fences are common sights. Bamboo holds the promise of a sustainable, cost effective, and ecologically benign alternative to the widespread global deforestation of temperate and tropical forests. In addition, designing with bamboo gives both the pleasure of working with sustainable materials as well as a natural beauty and grace.

However, being able to explore the potential of bamboo as a building material, as commonly used throughout Asia, has not been accepted in the Hawaii due to building permit restrictions and lack of data and applied research. This is changing thanks to studies being conducted by the International Bamboo Foundation and the recent news that Maui county granted dwelling permits for all of Bamboo Technologies model homes.

DWELLING PERMITS:
On February 6, 2003 Bamboo Technologies was granted dwelling permits for all of its model homes by the Maui County building department.
This means that anyone who builds a Bamboo Technologies home on Maui will be able to get a dwelling permit for their home with a simple
application to the building department. There will be no need to go through a lengthy and costly code of appeals process. Bamboo Technologies says that dwelling permits for the other Hawaiian Islands will soon be accepted as each island building department is anticipated to follow the lead of Maui County.

<Testing Process Continues:
With the help of Bamboo Technologies, the International Bamboo Foundation continues to forge ahead with the testing process to make
bamboo an accepted building material in the USA and international markets. Currently Stage 2 of the 3 Stage testing process is well underway.

Stage 1 involved the collecting of bamboo test poles in Vietnam, the structural testing and insect damage testing at Washington State University and the University of Hawaii, and the writing of a report summarizing the testing that was presented to the ICBO.

Stage 2 involves the Joint Testing of bamboo connections; The development of a Quality Assurance Manual and an inspector in Vietnam to ensure the consistent quality harvesting and processing of bamboo poles; Fire Resistance testing of bamboo poles (completed); and Insect Damage testing.With the public becoming more sensitive to degradation of the rain forest in third world countries and the diminishing forest reserve in our own country, there is more interest in experimenting with bamboo as a wood substitute.

There is also effort underway to have the Uniform Building Code modified to include bamboo structural components. This could eventually lead to acceptance in some form of bamboo in the "round" and "engineered" bamboo structural components in the rapidly expanding use of "engineered" lumber.

Resources for learning more about Bamboo in Hawaii:

Hawaii Chapter American Bamboo Society

Bamboo Homes and Bamboo Products:

BambooHardwoods.com Seattle, Washington

Bambooworks.com Kauai, Hawaii

BigBamboomaui.com Maui, Hawaii

BambooMaui.com Maui, Hawaii

Bamboo Hawaii Oahu, Hawaii

Basically Bamboo.

Bamboo Treatments and Finishes:

Microbeshield.com

Novaguard.com

Bamboo Vacation Rentals using bamboo construction and products:

MauiRetreat.com Maui,Hawaii

Retreat Maui.com Maui ,Hawaii

Other sites relevant to Bamboo:

International Bamboo FoundationInternational Conference of Building Officials (ICBO)

International Network for Bamboo and Rattan(INBAR)

Examples of Bamboo construction/other countries:

Vietnam Tourisim.com/muine Vietnam

Safari Thatch.com

 

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