Green Building

Nawi Island is integrating bamboo in its designs and construction. This will be a unique feature and a showcase for future sustainable construction in Fiji.

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Sustainable building materials

Bamboo is an ancient building material used in a variety of countries and building types. A sustainable material with unique aesthetic and structural qualities, bamboo can be three times more resistant than steel.

Because of its rapid growth (one meter per day), bamboo is unmatched in reducing carbon dioxide from the environment. Bamboo sequesters as much as four times carbon dioxide and releases 35% more oxygen than a similar stand of hardwood trees. For these reasons, Nawi is integrating bamboo in its designs and construction. This will be a unique feature and a showcase for future sustainable construction in Fiji.

Nawi is utilizing synthetic thatching made out of recycled plastics for its feature buildings on the island. The thatch has been proven to withstand the elements and reduce maintenance costs while at the same time retaining its unique look.