Bamboo, Poor Man’s Timber or a Treasure Trove for Sustainable Construction?
(From “The Hindu”, 08 Feb 2019)
A bad conductor of heat, quake resistant due to low weight, capable of withstanding compression better than concrete, bamboo is being studied for its potential as a substitute for other materials in the construction industry and household utilities. Known as “poor man’s timber”, bamboo has been traditionally used for making charpoys, ladders and scaffoldings for construction. However, the full potential of this woody perennial grass has not yet been exploited. Bamboo has greater tensile strength than steel, is amenable to chemical processing and can be made water proof, fire resistant and resistant to fungal and microbe attacks. Chinese scientists have used bamboo for developing wings of wind turbines, tunnels, ducts and pipes after chemical treatment.
The Bengaluru-based Indian Plywood Industries Research and Training Institute (IPIRTI) under the Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change, has been focusing on developing technologies for turning bamboo into a viable alternative building material.
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