St Helena : THE ST HELENA HOUSING DESIGN CAN EUCALYPTUS OFFER A SOLUTION?
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 13.08.2013 (Article Archived on 10.09.2013)
Bamboo was the word on everyone’s lips when Bilbao Architects (BAT) won first prize in the Housing Design Competition, sponsored by SHG in April of this year.
ST HELENA HOUSING DESIGN
EUCALYPTUS OFFER A SOLUTION?
Bamboo was the word on everyone’s
lips when Bilbao Architects (BAT) won first prize in the Housing Design
Competition, sponsored by SHG in April of this year.
The competition has played a big
part in helping SHG draw up a design brief for the homes it will be funding.
The design emphasises the use of local materials, accessibility and energy
Housing Executive, Andy Crowe
“BAT is currently working
on a demonstration house using laminated bamboo, but if more homes are to be
built from it we still need an entrepreneur willing to set up a local
processing plant and grow more bamboo.”
In the meantime the potential of
Eucalyptus as another source of building material has also been identified.
“Eucalyptus, if treated
properly, can be termite resistant and so can be a good building material.
Recently I was on the wharf looking at a ten foot high pile of imported timber,
which seems so unnecessary when we have 40,000 eucalyptus trees on the Island.
We have the Sawmill, the trees and, as Government, we would be very keen to
kick-start the industry with a commitment to fund houses built in this way.”
SHG will be hosting a workshop on
Wednesday 21 August from 5 - 7pm in the ENRD offices at Scotland to discuss the
obstacles to developing a Eucalyptus timber industry and how they can be
overcome. Agricultural experts, planners and funders will all be there.
Anybody interested in investing,
building or working in a timber industry is welcome to attend. Please call
Karen Isaac on 2270 or email (email@example.com) if you
would like to attend.
12 August 2013