Bamboo and Blue Gum Wood in Kenyan Architecture and Construction.
Wooden products have a very huge demand for use within the Kenyan architecture and construction industry.
Use of wood can have huge benefits to Kenyans in terms of.
2. Business for local and export consumption.
3. Environmental conservation.
Blue gum poles and Bamboo.
Blue gum poles and Bamboo take less than 4 years from planting to harvesting.
Bamboo is already among the top 10 most profitable crops to grow worldwide.
One of the best methods to preserve wood/bamboo is using pressure treatment.
This involves subjecting the wood to a vacuum, injecting preservatives then subjecting the same wood to pressure for maximum preservative penetration.
The pressure treatment plant can be designed to allow for optimum operation in the architectural floor plan layout.
Blue gum and Bamboo finished products.
After treatment, these wood products can now last as long as the lifespan of a building, around 40 to 50 years. This will lead to less and less wood being cut to replace the rotten wood hence conserving our forests.
Bamboo gives very aesthetically appealing floor finishes. It can also be used for wall cladding and furniture construction.
Blue gum poles can be used as structural building support elements, timber for decks, fencing, children play areas and electric service line poles.
Enterprising Kenyans can grow the blue gum or bamboo and in less than 4 years, begin reaping the huge financial benefits while adding to the environmental benefits to other Kenyans as a whole.
KI Klub House.
This club continues to attract many because of the use of wood which makes the occupants feel relaxed hence value for money.
This feels more warm, homely, welcoming and comfortable than a club finished using un natural material such as metal or glass.
Francis Gichuhi Kamau, Architect.