Sustainable structures: Bamboo standards and building codes

Ana Gatóo, Bhavna Sharma, Maximilian Bock, Helen Mulligan, Michael H. Ramage

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The investigation of natural products for use in construction continues to grow to fulfil the need for sustainable and locally available materials. Bamboo, being globally available and rapidly renewable, is an example of such a material. Structural and engineered bamboo products are comparatively low-energy-intensive materials with structural properties sufficient for the demands of modern construction. However, the lack of appropriate building codes and standards is a barrier to engineers and architects in using the material. This paper describes the existing national and international codes and looks towards the future development of comprehensive standards directly analogous to those in use for timber.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-196
Number of pages8
JournalProceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Engineering Sustainability
Issue number5
Early online date25 May 2014
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2014


  • Buildings
  • Codes of practice & standards
  • Structures & design
  • Sustainability


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