ENERGY EFFICIENT BAMBOO HOUSE

Location: Baoxi Xiang
                               Zhenjiang Province 


Architect: Mauricio Cardenas Laverde
 Founder of Studio Cardenas Conscious Design

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The project deals with the opportunity to design an Energy Efficient Bamboo House Baoxi Xiang for LIB - Longquan International Bamboo Biennale organized by Mr.GE Qiantao Artspring from Shanghai, in the context of the new policies for sustainable growth of China.
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Studio Cardenas Conscious Design explores the potentiality to minimize carbon emissions, protection and natural ecological development through a sustainable construction process using the natural elements available in the area, such as natural light, underground water, bamboo, natural ventilation and rammed earth to achieve a high standard innovative ecological house for the Chinese contemporary context. 
 
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Bamboo is a deep part of Chinese culture, it is beautiful and a strategical natural-based solution for the mitigation of climate change as it absorbs the most carbon dioxide during its life cycle; it is ready to be used for construction and grows much faster than any tree species. Therefore, to use bamboo in our design is very strategical, but to achieve a sustainable architecture it is important that the construction process is sustainable too. For this reason, our design strategy was as follows: 

- to design innovative dry-mounted connections not to weaken bamboo through perforation nor fill it in with concrete, and allow the replacement of bamboo poles if needed;
- to design and easy to assemble construction system in order that local workers can do the construction;
- to combining bamboo (vegetable steel) and steel to create an industrialized contemporary construction system for natural bamboo;
- to apply a precise geometry (Golden proportion) to achieve standardization of the pieces, best quality control and harmonic visual impact.

 
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The architect, who has been working for more than 20 years, is an award-winning bamboo expert and a global environmental protection designer. The Energy Efficient Bamboo House was recently ranked one of the 100 most influential projects in Asia.