David Sands (Co-Founder and Chief Architect at Bamboo Living). My father tagged along, too. I had been on a tour of the lab previously, but I was extra excited this time because Blue Planet’s Blue Ion batteries had just been installed at my new off-grid bamboo home!As Big Island residents will tell you, this really is a big island. With countless unique communities and micro-climates, there is always somewhere new to explore. A recent island journey brought me to Pu'u Wa'awa'a Ranch in North Kona. Pu'u Wa'awa'a is home to amazing scenery, roaming livestock, a tight-knit community, and Blue Planet Energy’s state-of-the-art research lab. I drove over to the ranch with
Aloha my name is Alex Pearl.
I am a practicing Bamboodist and you can be one too!
Bamboo is a super grass! Our timber grade bamboo is strong like steel and has withstood hurricane force winds! Its durability allows it to bend without breaking. It is amazingly quick and can grow 3 to 4 feet in a day when shooting! You can cut it, and it'll grow back, making it incredibly sustainable! And did you know that it is naturally termite resistant?! That's right - bamboo is AMAZING!
So, do you want to be as incredible as bamboo? Do you want to be a Bamboodist?! If your answer is yes than it is time to grow the 5 traits of bamboo!
"Bamboo is a cultural symbol of my country," says Duyen, the Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Manager at Bamboo Living's factory in Vietnam. But that is not the only reason Duyen loves working with bamboo. She knows that her work helps support the planet by saving forests, absorbing carbon, producing oxygen, preventing erosion, and protecting soil nutrients. "Besides that," explains Duyen, "I see the bamboo clump with many bamboo culms growing together...they are connected together as a family." She believes this is part of what makes a Bamboo Living house so special; a family of bamboo poles are united to create a natural, warm home.
I am often asked how Bamboo Living came to be the first and only company to build bamboo buildings that are approved by western building codes.
For me personally, it started as the result of my midlife crisis. I am an architect and was attempting to design and build as sustainably as possible. In 1993, I began designing my own home on Maui’s North Shore. The home was to have an off-grid electrical system powered by photovoltaic panels. I would recycle fifty eight-foot tall by five-foot wide louvered mahogany doors that came out of a Maui hotel that remodeled. These doors would become the walls for the house, mounted on sliding tracks so that the home could open up completely when the weather was nice! I would even incorporate local bamboo that I harvested with friends into the fences and railing pickets for my home.