How to Save the World

One Building at a Time

These eight building materials that make a regular appearance in Entheos tropical and sustainable designs prove that you don’t have to destroy the planet in order to build your world.

1. Bamboo

Under tropical climate conditions, bamboo can grow up to 3 feet in height every 24 hours; making it the fastest growing plant on the planet. It can be harvested every year and has an unbeatable tensile strength. The bamboo used in Entheos architectural designs are locally grown and sourced, and organically treated with spices like garlic, native vinegar and salt

2. Reclaimed lumber

Under tropical climate conditions, bamboo can grow up to 3 feet in height every 24 hours; making it the fastest growing plant on the planet. It can be harvested every year and has an unbeatable tensile strength. The bamboo used in Entheos architectural designs are locally grown and sourced, and organically treated with spices like garlic, native vinegar and salt

3. Recycled Metal

As well as being a creative and artistic solution to naturally ventilating tropical buildings, the grills incorporated in Entheos designs are also environmentally conscious in that they are made from recycled metal. There is no need to throw anything away as even the scraps are added to cement for walls, floors and even bathtubs, and polished down to reveal a beautifully unique patterned textur

4. Polished concrete

By polishing concrete surfaces instead of applying tile or any decorative flooring on top, you can achieve a unique speckled granite effect. By adding different sizes and colors of aggregate and polishing the surface of the concrete down, a look entirely bespoke to each design can be achieved

5. Clay tiles

The clay used to create Entheos clay tiles is sustainably sourced from the clay rejected from abandoned rice paddies. The process of refining the clay has been perfected over ten years and the result is consistently warm earthy red, artisan quality, sustainable clay tiles. Over the years, Entheos have adopted the “crazy tile” mosaic style, so that even the broken ones don’t go to waste.

6. Recycled glass bottles

As well as creative and colorful light fixtures, glass bottles can be upcycled into homemade glass blocks by gluing the ends together and incorporating them into a solid wall. The glass blocks are not only an aesthetically creative alternative to windows in a hot climate, but also have great insulative value, letting light into the room without the heat.

7. Rammed earth

Building walls with rammed earth involves using soil from the locality or project site, mixing it with cement and using a rammer to make the material compact. With this technique it is possible to use rammed earth to build up to four stories. With the creative freedom that this material allows, your build can be smart, earthy, modern or rustic, and always environmentally sustainable.

8. Solar powered LED lights

Solar powered LED lights are used by Entheos predominantly for outdoor lighting, for example to illuminate pathways or for accent lighting. LED lights can last up to 15 years without having to be replaced and are more energy efficient than regular bulbs.