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If we want to use bamboo for construction purposes, we need to improve its durability and protect it against termites and insects. For this several methods can be used. Some soak them for a number of weeks in seawater or brackish water, while others cure the poles in smoke chambers. A very popular method is to treat the bamboo with a natural chemical called borax, diluted in water basins.
We are interested to find out which of these methods is most effective; in terms of level of protection, as well as in terms of costs of the whole operation. We are also interested in the side-effects, such as generated pollution levels of the method; before, during and after the process.
When using bamboo for construction, two other important problems must be taken into account; moisture and sunlight. Especially bamboo that is directly exposed to these elements needs to be treated and must be protected well. The UV radiation of sunlight makes the bamboo weak. It becomes white, old and starts to split, thus losing its strength. Moisture may cause molding, moss, blackening, stains, and other types of weathering, which are not good for the health and interior living quality.
We want to find out what solutions the architects worldwide have come up with, to sufficiently protect all the exposes bamboo against the above mentioned effects of sunlight and moisture.