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Building With Sustainable Ductile Based Designs

We at eco1solutions have designed a build system called kabook-i®. It is basically a bamboo framework with a unique locking system that can create a single wall or a cavity wall. Kabook-i is a ductile based design system, which, in layman’s terms, means it will give and take in seismic conditions such as typhoons and earthquakes, thereby reducing damage and fatalities. Single wall structures can be covered with traditional weave materials. Cavity wall structures can be filled with locally available materials, making this a very cost effective, secure and ecological system.

The pictures of houses below are only concepts; almost any type of housing design is possible.I am currently looking for collaboration with an NGO or social entrepreneur to develop and test bed various prototypes.

The picture below is a layout I find very appealing. Simple yet functional rural design. The car port doubles as a workshop and the balcony encourages outdoor living. The overhanging eves protect the walls from the elements.

an eco villa with kabook-i

DO I HAVE MY OWN DESIGN? Here is my ecological concept house for a small footprint with a positive ecological impact and goes a long way towards being an off-the-grid system.

kabook-i UT house internal shot

kabook-i UT house internal shot

The sketch above is my design concept for a utility family house using a small footprint. Any design is possible such as the house below. Just Google ‘house plans’ for ideas. I found a great site for making your own floor plans HERE.



More home samples lower page…

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HOW DO I CONSTRUCT A Kabook-i® home?

Kabook-i® is a ductile construction method using bamboo (nature’s re-bar) with a unique locking system to create a cavity wall ‘scaffold’.

  • The cavity wall is filled in with locally available material to create solid, ecologically friendly, economical, long lasting structures.
  • Once the walls are filled they are finished off with a screed of lime plaster or mud.
  • A typical kabook-i® unit would have a large roof to protect walls and harvest water.
  • Main applications for kabook-i ® structures would be Eco-homes, clinics, schools, community centres, Eco holiday villages, in earthquake/disaster areas, refugee camps and villages for developing countries. With kabook-i® it is possible to build anything from a simple shelter to a grand palatial home.

The basic steps are: (also see photos below)

  • Fabricate your framework in a workshop
  • build your framework on site including roofing structure
  • add floor
  • insert door and window frameworks
  • insert plumbing and wiring (if required)
  • fill in skeletal framework with locally available materials
  • add roofing tiles or corrugated sheeting
  • add windows & doors
  • screed walls with mud or plaster
  • paint walls, doors, window frames
  • move in

Featured below are several photos and line drawings that I did for the patent to give you a better idea about Kabook-i® and how it works

1           drill a hole in a 60mm upright bamboo pole
2           slide a 25mm pole into it – horizontal
3           drill a 3mm hole through both holes
4           lock both poles together with a ‘mole’ (a pin)

kabook-i pole in a hole with a mole

kabook-i framework

building a framework

With this simple idea we build a framework

kabook-i cavity wall corner

kabook-i rectangle and roof joist

kabook-i rectangle and roof joist

kabook-i basic structure

add doors windows roof and floor

simple design concept
kabook-i walls filled with local material

Local materials

Cavity wall is filled in with whatever local materials
are available then the walls are finished with a screed
of mud or, preferably, lime plaster.

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