Prefabricated Engineered Bamboo Panels
International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (NBAR)
Prefabricated Engineered Bamboo Panels are a construction system based on treated bamboo used in composite panels.
Prefabricated Engineered Bamboo Panels are made using laminated bamboo panels that are glued together, composites made with chips and slivers, and added material (similar to plywood), particle board, fiber board and mat board. These panels can be used as walls, roof or flooring material. There are also door or window panels. There is a wide array of panels depending on the purpose, varying in mechanical properties, size, or shape.
Varies depending on the panel type and size. A panel can be R40.00 (ZAR) per square meter (2.67 USD Converted August 2021).
Wood panels, as well as bamboo bridges.
Any person, community, or organization who wants to construct a structure out of prefabricated panels of bamboo.
The panels are produced in a facility and then delivered to the construction site, where they are assembled.
Users obtain the product directly from the manufacturer or through a general contractor.
Size of the component
List of primary materials in the component
List of secondary materials in the component
Measurement, calculated in hours, of the component’s resistance to fire
R value associated with material/product
The compressive strength of the component, measured in megapascals
List of suitable climates for use of this components
Varies depending on the type of panel.
Technical support would be provided by the manufacturer, distributor, or a general contractor.
Depends on the type of panel. In some, bamboo strips could be replaced or patched with filling. The complete panel could be replaced if needed.
Varies depending on type of panel and chemical treatment.
Workers are subject to the general risks of working from heights and with tools.
Santos, H. F. A., 2015, Thermo-hydro-mechanically modified cross-laminated Guadua-bamboo panels, University of Bath.
Wang, J. S., Demartino, C., Xiao, Y., & Li, Y. Y., 2018, Thermal insulation performance of bamboo-and wood-based shear walls in light-frame buildings, Energy and Buildings, 168, 167-179.
Puri, V.,Chakrabortty, P., 2017, Behavior of Sustainable Prefabricated Bamboo Reinforced Wall Panels Under Concentrated Load, International Conference on Sustainable Insfrastructure.
Shen-xue, J., Qi-sheng, Z. Shu-hai, J., 2002, On Structure, production, and market of bamboo-based panels in China,
Mena, J., Vera, S., Correal, J. F., & Lopez, M., 2012, Assessment of fire reaction and fire resistance of Guadua angustifolia kunth bamboo, Construction and Building Materials, 27(1), 60-65.
Tests done on wood-based panels (such as ASTM D1037) can be applied to bamboo panels.
The bamboo must be engineered to extend its life expectancy. Untreated bamboo has an average durability of less than two years.
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