Sustainable Construction

INBAR is at the forefront of international efforts to promote greater use of sustainable bamboo buildings and other constructions. Bamboo, which supplies millions of households across the world with employment and building materials, has the potential to play a major role in addressing the growing global shortage for conventional building materials. Through our work, INBAR aims to formalize and increase local capacity to build with bamboo materials, thereby enhancing the safety, durability, and comfort of bamboo buildings, while also maximizing the environmental and poverty alleviating benefits that bamboo construction can offer.

Our work on sustainable building with bamboo focuses on three key themes:

  1. Sharing and adapting traditional bamboo construction technologies. Bamboo has been utilized in construction for millennia and there are many existing, low-cost technologies that INBAR helps to disseminate and adapt across the world.
  2. Innovation of new bamboo construction technologies and designs. Among our many achievements on bamboo building, INBAR has helped to develop improved, safer designs for bamboo scaffolding, as well as new laminated bamboo construction technology for prefabricated bamboo housing.
  3. Providing policy support for bamboo-based construction. As part of our policy work, INBAR has played a key role in developing two international standards for bamboo design and testing. In China, we are now supporting development of a draft provincial bamboo building code for post-earthquake Sichuan.

If you are interested in learning more and becoming a part of INBAR’s work on sustainable building with bamboo, please join our Online Network.