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With more and more brands jumping on the sustainable bandwagon it gets harder and harder to distinguish between products making a real difference and greenwashing. This is the observation that led to the creation of Global GreenTag, an organisation providing tools to “cut through the greenwash and empower professionals and consumers alike to confidently choose products that have been made in the most planet-friendly way possible”. After months of thorough audit, we’ve recently received two Global GreenTag certifications, a Green Rate Level A and a Platinum Health Rating. The in-depth process took six months to complete, and we put everything up for scrutiny, from our harvesting practices through to our factory processes. It’s an open, transparent way of telling the world that sustainability is at the heart of everything we do and that you can wholly trust our claims.

Global Green Tag Certified

What’s the difference between GreenRate and Health Rating?

Global GreenTag’s GreenRate certification allows you to answer the question, “which product is more sustainable?” from a group of flooring products like carpet, ceramic tiles, rubber, cork, vinyl, timber etc. and for the first time ever, get a scientifically valid answer.  It looks at different aspects of the product and its ingredients at various stages and for various issues including; aspects of resource use (post consumer recycled and rapidly renewable content), waste reduction, availability of greenhouse and water footprints. It is recognised by the Green Building Council of Australia, New Zealand and South Africa as a rating system designed to meet the requirements of the Green Star® ‘Sustainable Products’ credits. All certified products are examined for ‘Fit-for-Purpose’ and confirmed for Building Code compliance with each product receiving one of the below three tags. We were certified Level A which equates to 100% ‘Sustainability Factor’ in the Green Star®* rating tools’ Sustainable Products credits.

Global Green Tag Certified Level AGlobal GreenTag’s PHD (Product Health Declaration) on the other hand doesn’t focus on the impact of a product on the environment but on our health. With people spending more and more time indoors, the Product Health Declaration was created to help prevent toxic products being used in workplaces and homes. It pushes for transparency to disclose risks and hazards in products used in construction. It is a little known fact, despite growing evidence, that toxic ingredients hidden in products used in workplace buildings play a crucial role in employees’ health and sickness. There are four levels of accreditation and we received the highest possible rating, Platinum, which is world leading. This should come as no surprise considering bamboo is naturally antibacterial but this certification guarantees the healthiness of the finished product, after it’s undergone engineered manufacturing. 

To avoid buying into companies engaging in greenwashing, consumers must educate themselves about the credibility of the products they are seeking. This can be done by choosing companies with marketing claims backed up by industry-recognised certifications and government-backed standards. Looking for sustainable products is the right mindset but fact-checking companies claiming green practices is the surest way to shop sustainably.

Traditional Bamboo Modern Architecture

Reinterpreting traditional materials with Modern Design

As far as sustainable and natural materials go, bamboo is one of the most impressive. It’s fast-growing, durable and can be used in a myriad of ways (not to mention it’s three times stronger than steel). In fact, Architectural Daily even called bamboo the ‘construction material of the future’ because of its sustainable and versatile characteristics.

A growing trend in the world of architecture and design over the past few years has seen organic pole bamboo elevated to new heights. From Europe to Asia, industry leaders are turning their attention to reimagining how we view and use bamboo in the modern age. This is especially important as we look towards building and supporting global initiatives that will adapt to ongoing climate change concerns.

As a result, bamboo is taking centre stage in a range of commercial and residential builds in new and exciting ways, by using a combination of contemporary technologies and traditional techniques.

Ceiling Design

Through the clever use of pole bamboo suspended from the roof, designer Nattapon Klinsuwan has been able to both connect and divide the different serviceable areas in this Bangkok hair salon. Using a layered approach, the ceiling waterfalls down to ground level, helping to define the space and create a warm, welcoming feel. This design also addresses interior styling considerations, as the space is complete without the need for interior design additions.


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Image Link: https://www.dezeen.com/2012/09/08/bamboosalon-in-bangkok-by-nkdw/

Experimental Design

Not one to be confined by traditional design and structures, Realrich Sjarief from R A W Architecture created a whimsical, dreamscape design for a residence in Indonesia. The design separates the steel plane truss roof structure and uses thousands of bamboo poles to make up a three-story building. The hero of this project is the curved façade, featuring multiple columns of bamboo, some fanning out towards the sky in a cathedral vault style. The curved nature of this design is replicated inside, which is also made entirely of bamboo.

 

Modern Bamboo design

Image Link: https://raw.co.id/portfolio/project-12-guha-bambu/

Architectural Screening

The use of pole bamboo in screening and fences has been popular for decades, however, now the full extent of its design possibilities are beginning to be explored. Wallflower Architecture + Design have recently used pole bamboo screening as a beautiful functional design element to wrap around a residential abode in Singapore. Not only is bamboo screening adaptable for Singapore’s tropical climate, but by using it in this way, the residents reap the benefits of filtered light and air flow during the day, and stylish privacy at night.

 

Modern Bamboo screening

Image Link: https://de51gn.com/wallflower-architecture-designs-house-in-singapore-with-bamboo-clad-facade-to-maintain-privacy-and-regulate-temperature.

Structural Elements

Traditionally bamboo has been used to create low-cost homes in mainly rural areas, and recently high-end designs at the other end of the market, however, Malaysian architect Eleena Jamil believes bamboo should be seen as a ‘modern and everyday construction material just like bricks, steel or concrete’. Her proposal is to use bamboo to build permanent and comfortable contemporary homes in suburban areas by incorporating bamboo into the entire structure of her bamboo terrace homes. This includes using it for load bearing walls, balconies and roofing in an aesthetically pleasing and economical way.

 

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Image Link: https://ej-architect.com/portfolio/bamboo-terrace-homes/https://ej-architect.com/portfolio/bamboo-terrace-homes/

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