Construction Taskforce

Construction Taskforce


Construction Taskforce

The Bamboo Construction Taskforce, facilitated by INBAR, coordinates the activities of international research institutes and commercial companies interested in the structural uses of bamboo. Prior to the Taskforce’s initiation, there was no coordination or communication between research teams working on this subject.
The Taskforce supports INBAR’s membership of the Global Network for Sustainable Housing – the world’s premier knowledge network on sustainable housing, hosted by UN-Habitat in Nairobi.



The Taskforce’s specific objectives are:

  • Help drive and refine the development of new international standards on the structural uses of bamboo, and review and update existing international standards;
  • Support global coordination and knowledge dissemination on sustainable bamboo construction;
  • Facilitate the development of pro-poor methodologies for designing and constructing sustainable bamboo housing;
  • Strengthen the capacity of construction sector stakeholders in sustainable bamboo housing;
  • Raise awareness and advocate for bamboo construction being mainstreamed in national housing policies and regulations.


Main outcomes and outputs

Expected Taskforce outputs and outcomes include:

  • The development of standards in: strength grading, connection design, test methods, and determination of engineered bamboo material/product characterisation and specifications ;
  • Creation of new INBAR publications on bamboo construction and related technologies, openly available online;
  • Development of new project proposals on bamboo construction, which will support new research, training and capacity building;
  • Recognition of bamboo construction by an increased number of INBAR member countries in their national housing policy and regulations;
  • Wider adoption of standards for bamboo at regional, national, and sub-national levels;
  • Increased application of structural uses of bamboo internationally;
  • Better-targeted and coordinated research on the structural uses of bamboo – helping to lead development of the sector.


The Taskforce Coordinator is Liu Kewei, Coordinator of the Global Bamboo Construction Programme at INBAR. The Taskforce Chair is David Trujillo, from Coventry University, UK. Both the Coordinator and Chair are members of the ISO TC 165 Working Group 12 and are responsible for ensuring that the actions of the Taskforce are integrated into ISO’s international standard development.


For more information about the Taskforce, please email 

Core group of key experts

The Taskforce consists of a core group of key experts who meet approximately once every year to discuss new standards and the amendment of existing ones, as well as to share latest research results and findings and agree on an annual action plan for the Taskforce.

At present, the core group consists of 21 key experts – all with significant experience working on bamboo construction and related technologies:

– Andrew Lawrence: ARUP, UK
– Arjan Van Der Vegte: MOSO International, Netherlands
– Andry Widyowijatnoko, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia
– Bhavna Sharma: University of Bath, UK
– Denamo Addissie: Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
– Edwin Zea Escamilla: University of Zurich, Switzerland
– Greg Smith: University of British Columbia, Canada
– Haitao Li: Nanjing Forestry University, China
– Hector Archila Santos: University of Bath, UK
– Juan Francisco Correal Daza: University of the Andes, Colombia
– Kent Harries: University of Pittsburgh, USA
– Martin Tam: Able Mart Limited, Hong Kong
– Mateo Gutierrez Gonzalez: University of Queensland, Australia
– Mauricio Cardenas Laverde: Politecnico di Milano, Italy
– Michael Ramage: University of Cambridge, UK
– Nripal Adhikary: ABARI, Nepal
– Ramesh Chaturvedi: Indian Institute of Technology (retired), India
– Rodolfo Lorenzo: Lecturer, University College London, UK
– Sebastian Kaminski: ARUP, UK
– Xu Qingfeng: Shanghai Research Institute of Building Sciences, China
– Yann Barnet: San Martin University, Peru

As well as its key experts, the Taskforce also involves a group of correspondence members who can access documents and make recommendations to the core team – although the expert group would final say on publications, documents, and action plans.

How to become a key expert of INBAR Construction Taskforce