Researchers transform bamboo into dependable building material
„A new method to produce standardised building material from Guadua bamboo makes it a viable construction alternative to steel and concrete.
Bamboo is commonly considered a low grade building material, used for scaffolding and temporary structures, even though it has a considerable strength to weight ratio – comparable to mild steel. But variations between bamboo species – and in the strength and density across and along individual stems – hinder its use as building material in applications where stiffness is required. Guadua – a bamboo species native to South and Central America – has been used for structural applications in small and large scale buildings, bridges and temporary structures, with proven earthquake resistance. […]“
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