Pushapnjali Das, proprietor of the Green Bam Solutions – a housing and defence consultancy start up that uses bamboo – said that Bamboo can be a very good construction material for earthquake prone areas.
“Bamboo can be the green solution to housing in earthquake prone areas. It is very flexible, but also very strong. It is so strong that it can replace steels and other materials in civil defence sector,” Das said in the Making Bamboo Stronger session 2.0 at the summit venue – Assam Administrative Staff College here on April 28.
She had built barricades for Madhya Pradesh police and in the front and back of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s residence along with several green houses and community halls.
“We have solar expert and mechanical experts in the team who measures the heating up of the house based on the climate changes and designs the house accordingly,” Das said.
Echoing Das, Krishna Kumar, scientist of North East Centre for Research and Technology (NECTAR), in his presentation on bamboo product constraints to productivity and marketing, said, “Bamboos are especially used by NECTAR during several disaster relief works due to its property – lightness and flexibility. In the cold regions, we used double layer insulation with thermal insulators between the layers to keep the make shift houses warm.”
Neeraj Mutha, the progenitor of the bamboowood dream at Mutha Industries which produces bamboowood products under the banner of Epitome made a presentation on how these bamboo items are environment friendly.
“Unlike regular hardwood, Epitome – Bamboowood knows how to tackle those pesky termites, so you don’t have to worry about these. You wouldn’t believe how strong this stuff is, its tensile strength gives steel a run for its money,” Mutha said.
He said that Epitome bamboowood has built Tripura Cricket Association (TCA) dressing room and Meghalaya house in Kolkata among others.
Rajashekhar P Warrier, project leader of new business of the multinational shopping mart IKEA, said, “more than 99 per cent of the IKEA new businesses in bamboo crafts are currently from China, but India too have great potential, and with initiatives like this, India will go long way.”
Raktim Das, Founder of GreenGlobalBamboo.com and CEO of SMEpost.com, in his presentation of ‘emerging bamboo consumerism: global trend’ advocated entrepreneurs to be innovative regarding their products.
“We should think beyond the regular bamboo products such as furniture, baskets etc and find out different other usage and products of bamboo,” Das said. He also showed different products used globally that are made out of bamboo.
Dr Way Long, assistant professor of department of wood science and design of the national Pingtung University of Science and Technology, Taiwan, who substituted Jackie Hong, general manager of Chin Fu Industrial Corp too echoed das and asked the entrepreneurs to be “innovative”