Meet ABARI, Adobe and Bamboo Research Institute. A quick perusal of their website shows that they work with natural materials such as rammed earth, adobe, cob, and bamboo for construction.
On Dec 21-24, Benjamin and I went to Balintar, a remote village in Gorkha district in Central Nepal, where we met Nripal Adhikari, the director of ABARI. In Balintar, Nripal and his team is building a roof structure made of bamboo for a school project. They also plan to install a bamboo-concrete water tank and bio-sand filters at the village.
Generally, ABARI uses the materials that are available locally for construction, including bamboo. However, for this particular construction, they had to bring bamboos from a different location in Nepal. During our stay in Balintar, Benjamin and I worked a little on building the roof. More importantly, we shared ideas with Nripal on designing self-sufficient households and promoting sustainable living through the use of localized resources.
Using bamboo for construction requires treatment to make it stronger and remove the starch content to prevent pest attacks. Nripal and the ABARI team have designed their own bamboo treatment technique through the adaptation of Boucherie Treatment Method with boron compound and neem (local plant). They are also researching the use of cow urine in their treatment technique!
ABARI is interested in working together with Open Biotecture to experiment new designs for sustainable living in energy, water, energy, and shelter.
Check out some photos here: