Meet The Woman Who Quit Her Successful Job To Build Sustainable Bamboo Homes In Bali

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11Recognition for her work

In 2013, Elora was named an Architectural Digest innovator. In 2015, she was asked to give a TED Talk. It was titled “Magical houses, made of bamboo” and has four million views as of early 2019. She has been asked to design spaces in several luxury hotels and this just means her work is getting more attention and recognition.

Recognition for her work

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12The real implications

Apart from building a few beautiful buildings, sustainable homes can have larger implications. For one, homes made of bamboo will be cheaper. This also means they can be made available in regions where people need cheap housing. These buildings are sturdy and will last for years. Also, the raw material is quite cheap and there is an endless source of it, as long as it is replanted.

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The real implications

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13The tiny home movement

This is another type of sustainable housing. The aim of tiny houses is to utilize spaces fully. The size is usually between 100 to 400 square feet. They can also be mobile, like fitted to a trailer. There is a lot of convertible furniture, multi-use rooms and lofts. These are called sustainable because they often use local, recycled or natural materials. They use less energy and leave a smaller impact on the environment.

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The tiny home movement

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14Shipping container homes

Shipping containers are all the same size, so they can be used to create larger structures. Houses built using shipping containers are extremely cheap and eco-friendly. They also have a modern look to them. The idea was patented by Phillip C. Clark in 1987. The homes are very durable and require little labor and raw materials. This is the best example of sustainability and upcycling.

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Shipping container homes

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15Straw bale homes

You might have seen these in rural areas in several countries but now, they are becoming popular even in developed countries. Straw bales are used for structural integrity and heat insulation. Most of them are just stacks of straw bales and they have a stucco-like rustic feel. In the US, straw bale homes were first built by settlers in Nebraska in the 1800s.

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Straw bale homes

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16Rammed earth homes

This is exactly what it sounds like. These simple homes are built of tightly packed soil. A mix of soil and water is packed into plywood forms to make the walls. Once the soil dries and sets, the forms are removed. The result is a home that looks elegant and sophisticated and like it was carved from rocks! This is as sustainable as it gets.

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Rammed earth homes

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