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Post-earthquake Report on Bamboo Structures and Recommendations for Reconstruction with Bamboo on the Ecuadorian Coast

Post-earthquake Report on Bamboo Structures and Recommendations for Reconstruction with Bamboo on the Ecuadorian Coast

Author:

Nicolás van Drunen; Alexandra Cangás; Sebastián Rojas; Sebastian Kaminsky

Publisher:

INBAR

Year:

2016

Pages:

35

Keywords:

bamboo, earthquake, housing, mitigation, adaptation, Ecuador

        In Ecuador bamboo is an abundant material that has traditionally been
used over the centuries in both formal and informal housing in the coastal regions. Bamboo can be used to build very sustainable, low-cost structures for formal housing. When bamboo structures are well designed
and well built, they can be used as earthquake-resistant housing, as has
been observed after several earthquakes in Latin America.         This report describes the potential for bamboo to be used more widely in Ecuador (and in other countries) to build low-cost housing. Topics
covered include the high tolerance of bamboo to earthquake loads, how
homes can be built from bamboo to make them earthquake-resistant,
and how to ensure that homes built from bamboo have lasting durability. The report also covers the availability of bamboo supplies and how
these might be improved.

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