Bamboo structural design takes center stage at bamboo and cement frame technology seminar

As part of its advocacy to make bamboo a building material for the general public, the Base Bahay Foundation last month organized a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) seminar-workshop entitled “Cement Bamboo Frame Technology (CBFT): Features, History , Standards and Components ”at the Grassroots Innovation Center.

Part of the discussions focused on both local and international bamboo standards, testing, grading and structural design, said Pablo Jorillo, general manager of Base Bahay. The other topics were: the bamboo value chain, focusing on the life cycle of planting, harvesting, processing and construction, its significant environmental impact; the history and types of bamboo architecture in the world; and specifications of bamboo structures, design criteria, components, connections and construction process.

“One of the obstacles to using bamboo for professionals is the lack of materials and training for this type of construction method. Starting from this workshop, Base will offer a series of trainings on the design of bamboo structures each year, ”Jorillo said.

While the Cement Bamboo Frame has been approved by the NHA through AITECH since 2018, it is only now that a formal training program will be made public for professionals by the Base Innovation Center.

Base Bahay is also working with the Association of Structural Engineers of the Philippines through its Bamboo Committee to include bamboo in the next version of the National Structural Code of the Philippines.

By 2022, Base Bahay will train more architects and engineers to give them a head start in anticipating the standardization of bamboo construction and design and the incorporation of bamboo into building codes. , Jorillo said. Contractors and builders can also help accelerate and expand CBFT in social housing across the Philippines.

“As more and more professionals use bamboo, we should be able to rely less on more conventional steel and concrete which negatively impact the environment. We will also depend less on the depletion of wood products, ”Jorillo said.

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