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This report documents the fabrication and use of the ‘Bamboo Test-Kit-in-a-Backpack’ developed by a team of undergraduate engineering students at the University of Pittsburgh. The ‘kit’ is intended for rapid in-the-field assessment of bamboo material properties. Presently the kit supports full-culm com- pression, longitudinal shear (‘bowtie’ test), edge bearing and culm flexural tests. Additionally, it […]
This report is a about a pilot study of the Global Assessment of Bamboo and Rattan (GABAR) program recently launched by INBAR. This report is an outcome of extensive statewide surveys, travels, inventory work and consultations with various stakeholders associated with bamboo and cane sector in Odisha.
This technical report is intended to be used by architects and engineers at both concept and detailed design. It is intended as a guide for designing and constructing engineered bahareque housing in both developed and developing countries around the world. The report provides guidance on design for sustainability, durability, fire, and structural (wind and earthquake) […]
Bamboo housing present common deficiencies and risks, so this document strives to make it possible to define the problems related to this kind of housing and their effects, in order to provide effective solutitons to the process of adaptation to climate change and to reduce or eliminate traumatic effects for users. This document, which is […]
The report is targeted towards any stakeholder in the bamboo or wood production chain that wants to get a better understanding of the environmental sustainability of bamboo materials compared to alternatives. The environmental assessment also provides insight in the impact of each step in the production process on the overall environmental sustainability of a material. […]
Despite the potential of bamboo as a fast growing renewable resource, the market for bamboo products in the West is still relatively small. There has hardly been any research on the commercialization of bamboo products from the perspective of consuming regions in the West, such as the European Union. Literature search and qualitative analysis of […]
Bamboo can be be sustainably utilized without destroying the ecological environment. This is a special disadvantage all woody plants lack. But compared with wood, bamboo displays a few disadvantages such as smaller diameter, hollow stem with thinner wall, and larger taper, which bring many problems and difficulties for bamboo utilization. Bamboo articles, which are made […]
This INBAR guide written in English and Spanish details traditional bamboo preservation methods in Latin America.
In 1999, a research and development project titled ‘Bamboo Scaffolds in Building Construction’ was undertaken at the Research Center For Advanced Technology in Structural Engineering (RCATISE) of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University with the support of INBAR. The major objectives of the project are to promote the effective use of bamboo scaffolding in building construction […]
The major objectives of the project are to promote the effective use of bamboo scaffolding in building construction through advancement and dissemination of structural bamboo technology. Both the established knowledge and the proven practice of bamboo scaffolding in Hong Kong are formalized and documented as follows: a. Erection of Bamboo Scaffolds covering material selection, typical […]