Housing as a Breathing Machine: The use of Bamboo as a Main Joinery Element

Authors : Michael Olusegun Adamolekun; Monday Olutayo Olaoye; Isiwele Ahamiebaloyai Joseph

Volume/Issue : Volume 8 - 2023, Issue 8 - August

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DOI : https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.8317945

Housing, like clothing and food, is an essential need of man. Single-family houses, apartments, condominiums, and other kinds of multi-unit housing are just a few of the different housing options. Housing the urban population is key to sustainable development. The process and product of it are defined by each stage of it being conceived from the time of design to the point when it is constructed, ready for use. Man and his environment interact. Housing as a breathing machine explains the role of shelter in not just only accommodating man and his properties but helping man live an interactive life with his building which tends to be sustainable. This is achieved through basic elements of the building as wall envelopes, roof details, foundation details, doors, flooring etc. which are designed based on client’s preferences. This paper thus presents the need of advancement in science and technology with the use of bamboo in housing schemes to tackle the shelter challenges among the high, middle and low classes in the society. Bamboo can suitably be used to complement /substituted for timber and other materials in construction. It has a great potential for production of composite materials and components which are cost effective, suitable for structural and non-structural applications in construction. The availability and use of this alternative building material is considered to reduce cost and helps in the provision of low-cost housing in the Benin Metropolis. Bamboo as an alternative building material is sustainable, reused, well preserved and maintained and can be used as fixtures (pipes, cabinets, furniture making) and features (roof carcass, floor, door frame, insulator) in buildings and in the industry. The use of bamboo as a joinery element will produce cost effective and qualitative buildings. Its varied uses and applications in building construction have established bamboo as an environmentally-friendly, energy efficient, sustainable and cost-effective construction material.

Keywords : Low Cost Hosing, Sustainable Material, Bamboo, Computational Design. Computer Aided Design (CAD), Parametric Modeling, Algorithm Generation.


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