The National Housing Trust in Jamaica (File photo)

National Housing Trust provides funding to develop bamboo houses in Jamaica

The National Housing Trust in Jamaica (File photo)

The National Housing Trust (NHT) has provided J$54 million to the Bureau of Standards (BSJ) for the development of economical housing solutions in Jamaica.

The National Housing Trust in New Kingston, Jamaica.

The project will begin next month with demonstration units placed at select NHT sites for viewing, particularly by those in the construction sector.

Director of Special Projects at the BSJ, Gladstone Rose, said “We expect that this is going to reduce the cost of housing. We hope that enough people will invest in this, and Jamaicans will buy the houses, because they are more affordable and will be built to standards, so they will be quality houses,” he told JIS News at a recent bamboo seminar in St Andrew.

The promotion of the use of bamboo in construction came from a joint venture which included the University of the West Indies.

Additionally, he said use of bamboo technology will help to create houses that can withstand natural disasters such as earthquakes and hurricanes, and that the sector should look to implement its use.

The move follows a joint effort between the Bureau, the University of Technology, the University of the West Indies, and private-sector groups, research, according to the Jamaica Information Service to use bamboo in construction to build attractive low and middle-income houses, and tourist cabins.

Recent advances in the bamboo industry include the development of a curriculum for the National Vocational Qualification of Jamaica in bamboo technology, which was facilitated by a group of persons who were trained in China.

The demonstration models will be placed at National Housing Trust housing scheme, like this one, for viewing.

The curriculum is now available at the National Council on Technical and Vocational Education and Training for use in tertiary institutions.

Scores of persons across the island, aged 18 to 35, have been trained in bamboo preservation, and the development of high quality bamboo by-products.

– -Jamaica Information Service.