Bamboo House,India – Building eco friendly homes with Bamboo

Bamboo House,India – Building eco friendly homes with Bamboo

Bamboo House India is a social enterprise established by two first generation entrepreneurs Prashant
Lingam ( Management Graduate) and Aruna Kappagantula (Science Graduate) in the year 2008 with an
aim of utilizing bamboo as an economic driver for providing sustainable livelihood opportunities to rural
and tribal communities dependent on bamboo for livelihoods and at the same time utilize bamboo as a
eco friendly substitute for wood , steel, iron steel and plastic – Bamboo House in Hyderabad.

The idea came up by chance, when prashant and aruna were in Search of a eco friendly sofa set for
home, that search led to the introduction to the wonderful world of bamboo and its vast uses and
applications. Deeper study in the sector, gave the insight that while other countries are utilizing bamboo
for different and modern applications, bamboo in India was mostly restricted to small handicrafts,
scaffolding , ladders and construction of temporary houses. BHI was established with an aim of and
intention to use bamboo for permanent housing and other value added applications.

Inspirational story

Before realizing the dream project,Prashant Lingam and his wife Aruna Kappagantula, owners of
Bamboo House India,were neck-deep in debt. Prashant lost his father and thereafter Aruna lost hers.
With a huge debt looming on their heads, they decided to sell whatever jewellery they owned. Prashant
had continuously been borrowing from friends and family. Prashant broke a leg, and Aruna developed
post-pregnancy complications. Both were bed-ridden and it came to the point when they had no money
to eat. Couple built their business that has now achieved a turnover of Rs one crore by bouncing back
from the brink of a washout, with a piled-up debt of Rs 60 lakh. In the end after years of struggle they got
their first client in hyderabad and the company hasn’t stopped since then,Bamboo House completed over
150 projects in the two years that followed.


Prashant and Aruna

Why Bamboo ?

Renewable Resource

Depending on the species, bamboo can be harvested in one to five years versus 10-50 years for most
softwoods and hardwoods. Thereafter harvests are possible every second year for up to one hundred
and twenty years the yield (weight per acreage and year) is up to 25 times higher than that of timber
Hardwoods like oak take at least forty years to mature before they can be harvested. Almost 1 million
acres of forests are lost each week worldwide to deforestation. Bamboo’s versatility as a substitute for
hardwoods offers a chance to drastically reduce that figure and protect the forests that we have left.


(Photo Courtesy: Prashant Lingam/Facebook)

Absorbs greenhouse gases

Bamboo absorbs carbon dioxide and releases 35% more oxygen into the atmosphere than an equivalent
stand of hardwood trees.

Amazing growth rate

Some species of bamboo grow more than three feet each day! No plant on the planet features a faster
growth rate. When it is harvested, it will grow a new shoot from its extensive root system with no need for
additional planting or cultivation.

Very little waste

After harvesting, virtually every part of the plant is used to make a wide variety of products. From soil-
enriching mulch to beautiful furniture to chopsticks, every part of the plant can be utilized.

Bamboo grows in a variety of conditions

Bamboo can grow in arid regions where droughts cause other crops to fail and since the roots are left in
place after harvesting, it helps to preserve vital moisture in the soil. From low wetlands to higher
elevations in the mountains, bamboo thrives in a wide range of climates.

Versatility

Bamboo can replace the use of wood for nearly every application. Paper, flooring, furniture, charcoal,
building materials and much more can be made from bamboo. What’s more, bamboo fibers are far
stronger than wood fibers and much less likely to warp from changing atmospheric conditions. No
fertilizer, pesticides, or herbicides needed. Unlike most cash crops, bamboo requires no agricultural
chemicals to thrive. Unlike cotton, which is one of the most intensely sprayed crops in the world and
rapidly depletes the nutrients in the soil, bamboo sequesters nitrogen and cultivation does not add
chemicals to the environment.

Soil protection

Once hardwood forests are clear-cut and the stumps are burned to provide fertilizer and space for
growing crops, erosion inevitably occurs as the topsoil and nutrients are washed away by rainfall. The
eroded soil then clogs rivers and streams and affects the lives of people and animals living downstream.
Bamboo roots remain in place after harvesting where they prevent erosion and help retain nutrients for
the next crop.

Optimism and cultural cooperation

In a fractious world where wars are fought over resources, the increasing popularity of bamboo products
provides an opportunity for diverse cultures to settle their difference through trade and cooperation that
benefits everyone. Can bamboo save the planet? The answer to that question remains to be seen. But
this amazing plant and its surging popularity in a huge variety of products offers mankind a chance to
enjoy many of the comforts of modern life without causing irreparable damage to our environment.

Economic development

In less developed countries where unemployment leads to civil unrest, bamboo production and the
manufacturing of bamboo products provides job opportunities in areas that desperately need social and
economic stability. The market potential of bamboo is estimated to be 26000 crores by 2015 and if
tapped in a proper way bamboo can help more than 5 million of our population cross the poverty line.

If you want your Bamboo house please visit the link below

Contact

www.bamboohouseindia.org

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