Go green with bamboo flooring
SEE ALSO :First Lady warns on climate changeThe species primarily used in this project is Moso Bamboo, which is also used in the manufacturing of plywood. The design involves the use of bamboo flooring in the living, dining and kitchen areas, bedrooms, staff quarters, staircase and all the corridors. Demand for sustainable building materials has seen the rise of firms dealing with supply, installation and maintenance of green products. Stroika Group Kenya is one such firm. “We deal with supply, installation and maintenance of bamboo floors. Bamboo is a high quality and long-lasting green flooring option that is more cost-effective than ordinary hardwood floors. The world is going green and so should we, one step at a time and bamboo flooring is a step in that direction,” says Cynthia Winki of Stroika Group. building code Winki says bamboo floors are easy on the eye, adding that the material is available in different colours and can be installed both indoors and outdoors. The building code currently being used in Kenya does not have any provisions on the use of renewable and environmentally-friendly materials like bamboo. Meanwhile, as the demand for bamboo products catches on in Kenya, more people are turning to bamboo farming. In Kilifi County, Africa Plantation Capital has acquired over 1,000 acres for its flagship bamboo project in the country. The firm’s regional managing director, Kosta Kioleoglou, says the firm has many options for its clients on how to buy land and invest in bamboo farming. “Bamboo is an amazing crop, with several lucrative end product uses, including bamboo flooring. We aim to grow enough to meet all the demand because more people have begun appreciating bamboo,” he says. Mulatya is quick to caution that bamboo farming requires a controlled environment. This is because it has been documented that bamboo has led to deforestation. “Existing trees are cut down to be replaced with bamboo plantations. This results in soil erosion and loss of biodiversity. Additionally, the use of pesticides, weed killers and fertilizers in bamboo production can have bad effects on the environment,” says Mulatya. Mulatya says that although the initial cost may be high, the benefits far outweigh the expenditure.