Standardizing Bamboo – INBAR Inputs
Since the late 1990s INBAR has worked with ISO TC 165 to publish three international standards:
Applies to the use of bamboo structures or bamboo-based panels joined together with adhesives or mechanical fasteners. The standard is concerned with the requirements for mechanical resistance, serviceability, and structure durability.
Specifies test methods for evaluating physical and strength properties, specifically – moisture content, mass per volume, shrinkage, compression, bending, shear, and tension.
Provides informative guidelines for staff in laboratories on how to perform tests according to ISO 22157-1.
This work has had significant impact globally, with a number of INBAR member countries subsequently developing chapters on bamboo in their national building codes, referencing these standards, including: India, Ecuador, Peru and Colombia.
INBAR is currently working on three new ISO working items for ISO TC 165:
- A new standard on ‘Bamboo Structures – Structural Grading of Bamboo Culms – Basic Principles and Procedures’
- A revision of current ISO standard ‘Bamboo Structures – Determination of Physical and Mechanical Properties of Bamboo Culms – Part I: Test Methods’
- A revision of current ISO standard ‘Bamboo Design’
Working Group 12 Convenor: Liu Kewei, Coordinator for Global Bamboo Construction Programme.