The International Bamboo Foundation has its base of operations located on the island of Maui, Hawaii, where the first five all bamboo buildings in the US have been built with the approval of the local building authority. The next eight buildings were recently approved for construction but the difficulty in gaining approval without the presence of an accepted building code standard remains an important issue. 

David Sands, AIA, vice president of research and development for the IBF, accomplished the first building department approvals for bamboo houses and has taken over the effort with IBF to develop a national building code standard for bamboo. This will initially take the form of an Evaluation Services Report by ICBO, (International Conference of Building Officials), the authors of the Uniform Building Code (UBC). The first step which is now nearly complete was the development of acceptance criteria with the ICBO. Dr. Jules Janssen of the University at Eindhoven in the Netherlands has worked tirelessly for years researching the technical properties of bamboo which will soon become internationally accepted standards for building with bamboo.

The acceptance of these findings is now being compiled  and manuals published by the IBC, (International Committee on Building codes) of which Mr. Janssen and Mr. Sands are members. Directing  technical research is Jeffrey Trudeau, Director of Bamboo Technologies of Hawaii. We are hoping that Industry partners, plantation growers worldwide or other interested parties in the bamboo housing industry will help contribute towards the testing fund, or the formation of the ABC (Assoc. for Bamboo in Construction). Both are being organized by the IBF (each species cost is approximately $125,000).

EDUCATION is essential for bamboo to become a commonplace building material and to insure responsible agroforestry practices. We don't want to see another example of clear cutting forests and dwindling reserves or harmful environmental effects as has been with the worlds tropical rainforest reserves.  With over 1,000,000 visitors every year, Maui, Kauai, or the Island of Hawaii can provide an excellent location for an educational facility. The International Bamboo Foundation has been in dialogue with the Hawaii Homelands organization and the University of Hawaii with proposals for leased land on Maui and Kauai. 

An "ECO-LODGE" is an idea to be designed by world class designer Linda Garland and Eco-Architects president, David Sands to be planned for Kauai, Maui or the Big Island. A Bamboo environmental retreat could be the site for an arboretum and plantation to demonstrate the economical and ecological advantages of building with and growing bamboo.  We are actively looking for investors to take part in this project so please contact us for further information by emailing us.

We project a bamboo arboretum on 20 acres of agricultural land adjacent to a tourist artery which will highlight biodiversity and permaculture integrating native plant species. The park will contain roughly one hundred bamboo species with emphasis on the five main species used in construction of housing. Park structures would be built of bamboo highlighting the history and diversity of bamboo used throughout the world. A variety of beautiful, fascinating and high quality crafts and objects would be available for sale. A similar attraction in France has 300,000 visitors a year. The Park can open in three years as bamboo matures quickly. A production nursery will be developed to raise bamboo plants for sale to tourists for export and to develop nursery stock for planting shoot and timber acreage.

International Bamboo Foundation: POB 790716 Paia, Hawaii, Tel: 808-572-8129, Fax: 808-579-8951

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