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Bamboo instant houses will soon shelter Sichuan quake victims
Date:6/2/2008

contributions for further units.

Xiao said the cost per square meter of the units, as manufactured in China based on local material costs, is about 350 to 500 RMB, or $50-70 U.S.

Xiao ticked off the advantages of the structures: "Unlike tents, the bamboo quake relief house is insulated for heat and sound, is fireproof, allows residents to secure their possession, and is more durable," Xiao said. "It is also inexpensive compared with temporary houses using other traditional materials, such as light gauged steel. Finally, bamboo is a green and sustainable construction material, widely available in China and other Asian countries."

The Chinese government estimates that more than one million relief temporary housing units are needed in Sichuan.


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