Lightly modified bamboo for structural applications

David Jorge Alexander Trujillo, Michael Ramage, Wen-Shao Chang

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Laminated bamboo is becoming an increasingly widespread commodity, even for structural applications, but it does require considerable transformation of the raw material. The aim of this LimesNet mission to Colombia was to observe how bamboo that has undergone minimal transformation may be used for structural applications. Significant achievements have been made in architecture, academic research and structural engineering with bamboo in Colombia. These are discussed. Observations of numerous bamboo structures are also reported. Bamboo is a promising renewable resource with a low environmental impact, and lightly modified bamboo is an exciting and nascent form of using this material that reinforces its sustainability credentials.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)238-247
Number of pages10
JournalProceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Construction Materials
Issue number4
Early online date3 Jun 2013
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2013


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