International Bamboo and Rattan Organization

International Bamboo and Rattan Organization

What’s new in bamboo construction?


What’s new in bamboo construction?

An update from INBAR’s Construction Taskforce.

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Update: Bamboo standards development

Context: Since 2010, a European harmonized standard for the CE marking of bamboo flooring has been under development. This standard lays out health and safety standards, as well as requirements related to the appearance and tolerance of bamboo flooring. This European standard is expected to be ready end of 2017, beginning 2018.

In 2015, a new International Standardization Organization (ISO) Technical Committee, ‘ISO TC 296’, was established to work on the development of bamboo and rattan standards. At this moment the ISO TC 296 is focusing on: Terminology of Bamboo; Bamboo flooring; Bamboo charcoal; Terminology of Rattan; Rattan products.

As well as bamboo products, standards need to be developed to deal with the use of bamboo culms. Several standards are currently being developed under ISO TC 165, which focuses on timber structures. The INBAR Task Force for Structural Uses of Bamboo is leading this work.

In focus: ISO standard “Structural use of Laminated Bamboo – Physical and Mechanical testing”

Context: Since the 1990s, industrially produced engineered bamboo products like bamboo flooring have been developed and introduced to the international market. Many of these engineered products are developed for use in buildings. Recently, engineered bamboo is being used increasingly for external features of buildings, as well as interior decoration. This has boosted the demand for engineered bamboo products.

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Despite this huge boom, there is a lack of standards specific to bamboo products. As such, people in the bamboo industry have had to rely on existing national and international timber standards for testing bamboo products. Although bamboos have similar properties and behavior to timber, some applications require specific standards for bamboo. This is what INBAR works to do, by creating robust standards for bamboo products and encouraging their uptake across Member states.

In response to this need, in September the INBAR Task Force for Structural use of bamboo presented a request for ISO TC 165 to develop a standard “Structural Uses of Laminated Bamboo – Physical and Mechanical testing”. ISO TC 165 supports the plan. An INBAR Task Force will work with experts Bhavna Sharma (University of Bath) and Arjan van der Vegte (Moso International BV) to develop this ISO standard.

Next steps

In the coming months, a draft standard will be developed and circulated to the ISO TC 165 member states for comments and further discussion.




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