Bamboo processing has a long history in many fields such as food, housing and furniture. In many countries, bamboo can be used in many ways and can serve the human life. Bamboo is one of the oldest building materials for building and other structures. As a quality building material, bamboo is cheap and easy to process, and can be found in many bamboo countries.
In recent years, the importance of bamboo as building materials is getting more and more attention. In Asia, many low-income families use bamboo to build structures. Even with other materials, bamboo is a major component of building units. Compared with the plastic, wood and stone houses used by many homeless people, cheap bamboo is an affordable and safe choice. Many bamboo house built, processed or natural bamboo, when necessary, supplemented by other materials such as wood, mud, bricks and concrete, to build houses, different style and increase its durability.
The global shortage of building materials is a very worrying problem, especially in developing countries. The shortage of wood and other traditional building materials and the corresponding increase in prices have led to an increase in the number of buildings with bamboo as raw materials. In Asia alone, 750,000 new homes are needed every year to meet the need for new and older housing. From 1993 to 1998, the demand for cheap housing in the Philippines was 3.8 million.
The most important advantage of bamboo building technology is low cost but not lower construction quality, and it is durable and occupies less space.