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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 task force’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. Its overall objective is to act as the world’s premier information and knowledge center on structural uses of bamboo.

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.

Expected Task Force Outputs and Outcomes:

Existing ISO standards on the structural uses of bamboo reviewed and, where necessary, updated every 5 years.

New standards developed and published in the following areas: strength grading, connection design, test methods, and determination of engineered bamboo material/product characterization and specifications values
New INBAR publications on bamboo construction and related technologies published and openly available online
New project proposals jointly developed among task force members on bamboo construction, which will support new research, training and capacity building
An increased number of INBAR member countries recognize bamboo construction in their national housing policy and regulations.

Successful implementation of these outputs is expected to generate the following outcomes:

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

Task Force Structure

Management team

Task Force Coordinator: Liu Kewei, Coordinator of Global Bamboo Construction Programme at INBAR.

Task Force Chair: David Trujillo, 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 Task Force are integrated into ISO’s international standard development.

If you have any questions about the Task Force, please email kwliu@inbar.int 

Core group of key experts

The Task Force 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 task force.

At present, the core group consists of 14 key experts – all with significant experience working on bamboo construction and related technologies. Their profiles, expertise, and key publications are listed below.

Andrew Lawrence: ARUP, UK
Arjan Van Der Vegte: MOSO International, Netherlands
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

Correspondence members

The Task Force 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 Task Force

Read the Pittsburgh Declaration

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