My godfather hired two workers to build a nipa hut. Staying there during hot weather is very comfortable. All materials are made of wood and bamboo. Roofing is made of coconut leaves called pawid. These are poor sun’s heat absorber.
The wood he chose for skeletal frame is santol. Guess why?
The public enemy number one of wood other than water is bukbok. It bore small holes, feed and live inside. A newly built nipa hut could be destroyed by these small insects in months.
I has one major weakness though. It is very week compared to yakal, langka, nara and other good lumber. Not recommended as permanent housing material.