Bamboo is one of the most environmentally friendly construction materials. In tropical areas, it grows almost everywhere and it grows fast and continuously. It is also affordable construction material abundantly available locally in Indonesia, which means it’s cheap. It is good to know that bamboo also has some weaknesses. Termites attack it and permanent exposition to the sun and water lead to structural weakness. That is why company Asali Bali is using some of the best techniques to make bamboo sustainable. They use a new organic Termite Treatment as a solution to get rid of them without harming the nature.
Also the sun “eats” up a bamboo structure and it becomes gray and not so beautiful anymore. That is why they coat bamboo with quality water based paints. That way bamboo will not lose its mechanical and esthetical properties and you can coat it every two or three years to become clean again.
Bamboo becomes more and more a fashionable material and the demand for it is growing over the world.
The bamboo resource is still abundant especially in Indonesia. Also, it can last a lifetime if treated right and correctly implicated. Bamboo is much less expensive than wood even though high quality processed bamboo has a cost.
To build your house or any construction with bamboo is a serious technical matter. In Asali Bali knowhow they have huge traditional knowledge of Balinese bamboo construction that copy paste the Banjar Adat organization of the village. They pride themselves in honoring the old traditional ways of bamboo constructing.
“Think about bamboo if you want to build something because in that way you can combine economical material that is trendy, sustainable and beautiful.”
For a Balinese, a “tukang bambu” or bamboo artisan is a sort of social title. To get it, you need to know the raw material perfectly and have enough competences (sometimes with ingenious techniques) to master the art of working with bamboo. But in Asali, they say it is possible to build nearly all designs an architect could imagine. Think about bamboo if you want to build something because in that way you can combine economical material that is trendy, sustainable and beautiful.