Contractor’s bamboo house from Myanmar wons Asia-Pacific innovation award

Pounamu Bamboo Design and Construction built this community hall in Kyeik Pe Lan village in Dawei township, Tanintharyi Region, which opened in March. Photo - Supplied / Myanmar Times. Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

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BANGKOK, Sep 25, 2019, Myanmar Times. A bamboo house designed by a Myanmar businessman has won the Asia-Pacific Housing Forum Innovation Award for 2019. Ko Soe Win Zaw, a civil engineer born in Shan State, uses bamboo as the main material to build residential and commercial structures, with the vision of bringing economic and environmental benefits to poor, rural communities in Myanmar, reported the Myanmar Times.

His Pounamu Bamboo Construction was awarded for community initiatives and spatial planning from among many competitors in the Asia-Pacific.

He received the award during a ceremony honouring this year’s award recipients in Bangkok last week.

“I think I was given the award because this business can help develop communities,” he said. “It is also environmentally friendly and helps mitigate the effects of climate change.”

Ko Soe Win Zaw set up his three-year-old company to design and construct bamboo buildings for eco-resorts, eco-villages and private owners. It also conducts workshops in bamboo construction.

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