Bamboo Construction in Hong Kong

There is Bamboo Scaffolding in Hong Kong. It is interesting as I travel around the planet to observe the construction methods. I try to separate the levels of the development of a country by specific characteristics like this. When they use wood instead of steel for scaffolding, then means something. Note there is never just one type, it is always some steel, some wood, some trees, some bamboo, never just one type of material. This is in a high-rise area here.

Bamboo is sometimes hard to find and is becoming a difficult building material to use because of this.

I would say this means labor is cheap, maybe around 10 dollars per day or up to 15 .. U.S. Dollars not Hong Kong Dollars.


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I'm interested: how is the bamboo held together? is it lashed with coard or is it held with steel clamps like western scaffolds?

I'm thinking bamboo would possibly be better than steel. I work on a construction site, and steel poles are very very heavy. especially the long ones needed for the verticles. some are too heavy for me to carry. (not that i need to, I'm not a scaffolder).

but it is interesting. I wonder how long bamboo can be before it is weak?

all our poles here are steel, but a lot of wood is used for the toe-boards. we don't use metal platforms. they lay planks on the metal poles. But the regs are tight... you can't hop along one plank anymore, you need it all boarded out like floor boards, but temporary.
thanks for this.

I am 90 percent sure they are connected by rope. I will look closer.

This is not an Ecological good solution. Plus they have to cut them to make them work.

in terms of ecology, I suppose it depends on the wider picture. If the bamboo are grown in sustainable ways for this use, then good. maybe they are not, probably. But steel works are not good for the environment either. It would be better to sustainably grow bamboo... but i doubt they do this.

On the site where i work, the steel poles get cut all the time. with big petrol-powered angle-grinders. sometimes if part of the scaffold is taken down but part stays up, they can't replace the pole. or they ran out of poles. or they are too lazy...

The countries using steel care more than the countries using Bamboo.

The ecology problem is not with the countries like the USA, England and Austrailia.

It is with the poor countries.

The top countries have people like you that put ecology in the equation.

Countries like China and India do not put ecology into the equation. The will say at the top levels yes, however the normal person just throw trash.

When a construction worker in England is thinking about Ecology, this means the average level of the Ecology mind is high.

To test s culture you must look at the lowest levels of the culture, this is the norm or mean and not the high levels. They are the exception.

This is why the Bamboo in Hong Kong or Singapore is interesting. These places are a type of fools gold. The look extremely good on the surface, however bamboo. This is the lowest level of development construction.

Here is a New York Times article for a more complete perspective:

That's where I don't truly agree. Isn't what you're saying contradicting yourself when you're saying HK is at the lowest level of development construction when it also has the IFC, the breakable HSBC building, the Ngong Ping 360.....?
And people that build this type of bamboo scaffold is retiring, this art form is dying.

"If the bamboo are grown in sustainable ways for this use, then good. maybe they are not, probably"

Well that's the fun with bamboo, it is. Plants keep on living underground and they regrow quite fast. It is the most ecological building material available.

You can't compare it with steel or even wood.

Traditionally, bamboo poles are held together with bamboo strips cut from the skin of bamboo. Starting 10 years or so ago, bamboo strips were replaced by nylon strips (same as those used for binding cargo boxes, but at around 1/3 of the width).

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