SEMINAR ON BAMBOO AS BUILDING MATERIAL

BAMBOO AS A BUILDING MATERIAL

India has presently reasonable bamboo resources with a potential  to increase the same through improved propagation techniques. Its renewability, workability and low cost have made bamboo an
established traditional construction material, particularly in rural areas.
 These advantages together with high strength of bamboo outweigh its limitations like low
durability. However, sophisticated applications of bamboo such as large spanned building sand
reinforcement in concrete to exploit its high tensile strength have not been made practically
possible despite attempts made in developing such uses. It is possible to improve the durability
of  bamboo in construction by adopting suitable treatment and improved detailing, especially of
joints.

BAMBOO AS A BUILDING MATERIAL
Research and Development work are needed for better exploitation of this renewable resource
with short rotation which in improved and reconstituted form can substitute wood in construction
and packaging. Recent studies have shown that a more rational utilization of bamboo is possible
through conversion of bamboo into products like bamboo mat boards rational utilization of
present bamboo resources depends on the development of improved and new products from
bamboo which can overcome the limitations of solid bamboo and enhance both its technical and
economic value. Splitting bamboo into slivers and weaving them into mats of different pattern,
shape and quality is a cottage industry in many parts of India. Bamboo mat weaving is a popular
cottage industry contributing to the livelihood of thousands of people in areas where large
quantities of short rotation species like Ochiandra travancorica and Och Iandra rheedi are
available.


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