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Thronester
Newbie

USA
23 Posts

Posted - 12/03/2017 :  10:06:19  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Aloha, Iím curious if anyone here lives in or has opinions about bamboo homes. Bamboo living among others have some pretty well built prefabricated homes. Iím more curious how they hold up after 10-20+ years. Iíve read about bambooís strength and resistance to termites and rot from various companies but looking for maybe more of an unbiased opinion or first hand experience with how these homes age in the puna area.
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kalakoa
Motormouth

10273 Posts

Posted - 12/04/2017 :  09:00:48  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This is more anecdotal than I would like, but: Kalani was importing their bamboo homes from Maui because the local bamboo home vendor had quality issues; since then they've gone back to conventional simply because it's cheaper.
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Durian Fiend
Da Kine

USA
363 Posts

Posted - 12/06/2017 :  19:42:17  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Bamboo has little resistance to termites and rot, except for Guadua species from S. America.

Nevertheless, I'd be interested in seeing a link to the prefab bamboo homes.
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rainyjim
Punatic

1948 Posts

Posted - 12/06/2017 :  20:05:42  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've always wondered if there was some resin you could coat the bamboo with to protect from rot and termites but maintain the asthetic appeal.
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ElysianWort
Kamaaina

USA
691 Posts

Posted - 12/06/2017 :  20:26:28  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I know someone who lived in a bamboo home and constantly dealt with mold issues. Way more so than the standard Puna shack with typical Puna mold.
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Thronester
Newbie

USA
23 Posts

Posted - 12/07/2017 :  10:10:44  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks Elysianwort. I know bamboo living treats their homes for termites but the mold is something I havenít thought about either.
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Rob Tucker
Kama'aina

9190 Posts

Posted - 12/07/2017 :  11:52:31  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Try taking a piece of bamboo and leaving it outside for a while. Simple test.
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Thronester
Newbie

USA
23 Posts

Posted - 12/08/2017 :  17:31:19  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

Haha Good call! This company treats their bamboo with DOT borates which inhibits fungi growth, termites and claims they will last 50 years or more. If so, why arenít these beautiful homes more popular? Seems too good to be true!
http://bambooliving.com/index.php/why-bamboo/warranty-for-termites

Edited by - Thronester on 12/08/2017 17:32:22
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Durian Fiend
Da Kine

USA
363 Posts

Posted - 01/05/2018 :  07:32:30  Show Profile  Reply with Quote


Thanks. Cute, but expensive. This bamboo should hold up OK, as it's apparently treated the same way as conventional treated lumber is in Hawaii.
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Hunt Stoddard
Da Kine

386 Posts

Posted - 01/29/2018 :  13:59:20  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Rob Tucker

Try taking a piece of bamboo and leaving it outside for a while. Simple test.



I inadvertently ran this experiment when I cut a lot of bamboo in Laupahoehoe and left in my yard for a few years. It rots, at an alarmingly rapid rate. Now it's just a pile of dust. I can see it lasting if borate treated and dry, but borate doesn't seem to be much of an impediment to bacterial rot. If used as a building material, I would ensure it remains perfectly dry.
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LazyLehua
Newbie

USA
23 Posts

Posted - 02/01/2018 :  17:46:51  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I tested this by accident. Wanted a shoe rack for the pile of shoes on lanai and tried one of bamboo...molded very quickly.
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Thronester
Newbie

USA
23 Posts

Posted - 02/02/2018 :  19:35:20  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Was it treated in any way? Their bamboo is pressure treated then finish is applied. I would hope that with maintenance every few years you could keep mold from taking over. They claim that the treated bamboo can outlast conventional wood construction. I would love an alternative to wood framing but still offer a level of character that some other materials may lack. Out of the box they look stunning! But, Iíd be curious to see what one of these houses look like after 15 years in puna.
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Mangosteen
Newbie

USA
40 Posts

Posted - 02/03/2018 :  07:07:35  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Steel framing, metal roofing and ProTEC walls. ZERO termite food and nothing that burns.

Plenty local examples.

http://castleblock.com/index.html
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Thronester
Newbie

USA
23 Posts

Posted - 02/03/2018 :  09:02:55  Show Profile  Reply with Quote


Thank you. Yes Iíve seen these products and they look like they will outlive me! I guess Iím just a sucker for these non traditional bamboo houses. But, I donít want to build anything that is going to rot the way wood around here tends to. Or have to rebuild in a decade
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