Bali Green – Eco Habitat Extraordinaire

by | Autumn 2024, Eco Travel, Print Articles

Green Living is a practice that comes from living in harmony with the earth. One such way to do so is to practise natural building. Natural building materials are considered abundantly available in local environments; they are also often reused, renewable or recycled. Examples of common natural building materials include sand, clay, wood, earth, straw, bamboo and stone.

Natural building materials have been around since the creation of the earth itself. On the whole, natural materials require less energy for their production. The use of locally abundant materials results in the least disruption to one’s natural surroundings. Adobe (clay, sand and water) has good thermal mass, keeping it cool in summer and warm in winter. Other sustainable building techniques are also usually applied when constructing natural homes to ensure adequate insulation. Overall there has been an increase in the construction of earth homes, domes within the earth, wooden cabins and bamboo structures.

Bali is one area of the world in which visions for sustainable living are brought to life. Located on the slopes of the Agung River in Bali, there where there is a living community of conscious globally connected individuals who care about nature. It is also the home of The Green School Bamboo Village where unique and sustainable bamboo houses that are hand-constructed by skilled artisans and craftsmen are designed. Assisted by eco-savvy architects and designers who create homes, structures, and interiors out of bamboo and other natural materials, building structures maintaining the natural flow of energy that exists within the natural world around them. This community has attracted nature lovers, celebrities and entrepreneurs from all over the world.

Bamboo has been utilised as the primary building material, owing to the fact that it is one of the world’s most sustainable and versatile building materials with strength equivalent to steel. Bamboo is ready to be used as building material when it reaches the age of 3-5 years. When the bamboo is chosen well, treated properly, designed mindfully and maintained, bamboo houses will last a lifetime.

Green School Bamboo village, Traditional houses constructed with Bamboo.

Our hearts long for is structures that flow in harmony with nature.