Updated on March 7, 2024


Created on October 1, 2018

Prefabricated Engineered Bamboo Panels

Prefabricated Engineered Bamboo Panels are a construction system based on treated bamboo used in composite panels.

Tested By
  • Eindhoven University of Technology
  • Indian Council of Forestry Research & Education
  • International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
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Product Description

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.

Target SDGs

SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Market Suggested Retail Price


Market Suggested Retail Price (Secondary Currency)


Target Users (Target Impact Group)

Household, Community, NGOs

Distributors / Implementing Organizations

International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR), DRM Investments, PreFabMarket, Moladi, Indian Plywood Industries Research and Training Institute (IPIRTI), Bamboo Living, Eco-Logic, among others  

Manufacturing/Building Method

The panels are produced in a facility and then delivered to the construction site, where they are assembled.

Intellectural Property Type


User Provision Model

Users obtain the product directly from the manufacturer or through a general contractor.

Distributions to Date Status


Unit dimensions (cm)


Primary materials


Complimentary materials


Fire Resistance (hr)

Ignition critical flux of 14 kW/m2

Thermal Insulation Capacity

Bamboo has a slightly lower thermal insulation capacity than wood.

Compressive Strength (MPa)

Depending on the bamboo species, the compression strength is between 40 and 80 N/mm2. This is higher than wood, brick, or concrete. This varies depending on the panel.

Suitable Climates

Tropical, subtropical, or temperate zones

Design Specifications

Prefabricated engineered bamboo panels come in various sizes and shapes. The bamboo products are available as glue-laminated panels, composites, particle board, fibre board and mat board. The process to make each type vary slightly, and so do their mechanical properties.

Product Schematics

Technical Support

Technical support would be provided by the manufacturer, distributor, or a general contractor.

Replacement Components

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.

Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters

Prefabricated engineered bamboo panels offer good mechanical properties, accessibility, sustainability, and versatility.

Vetted Performance Status

Strength properties and suitability for the construction of various types of panels.


Workers are subject to the general risks of working from heights and with tools.

Complementary Technical Systems


Academic Research and References

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, Journal of Forestry Research. 13(2):151-156

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.

Dagilis, Trevor, 1999, ??Bamboo Composite Materials for Low-Cost Housing, Queen’s University, Pages 178-202.


Hoogendoorn, Coosje; Frith, Oliver,  2012, Bamboo Construction for Development


Chu, Jennifer, 2014, Building up bamboo, MIT


Naresworo Nugroho, Naoto Ando, 2000, Development of structural composite products made from bamboo 1: fundamental properties of bamboo zephyr board 


“ISO 22156:2004: Bamboo — Structural design”, ISO, accessed on March 7, 2024, https://www.iso.org/obp/ui/#iso:std:iso:22156:ed-1:v1:en


“ASTM D1037-12(2020) Standard Test Methods for Evaluating Properties of Wood-Base Fiber and Particle Panel Materials”, accessed on March 7, 2024, https://www.astm.org/d1037-12r20.html

Compliance with regulations

It depends on the specific panel. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has a code (ISO 22156) for Bamboo Structural Design, including bamboo panels.

Evaluation methods

Tests done on wood-based panels (such as ASTM D1037) can be applied to bamboo panels.

Other Information

The bamboo must be engineered to extend its life expectancy. Untreated bamboo has an average durability of less than two years.












“Where Bamboo grows”, Bamboo Grove, accessed on March 7, 2024, 




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