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close this bookAppropriate Building Materials: a Catalogue of Potential Solutions (SKAT; 1988; 430 pages)
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View the documentStabilized earth floors
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Bamboo floors

KEYWORDS:

Special properties

Light, flexible, replaceable

Economical aspects

Low cost

Stability

Medium to good

Skills required

Traditional skills

Equipment required

Tools for cutting and splitting bamboo

Resistance to earthquake

Good

Resistance to hurricane

Medium to good

Resistance to rain

Medium

Resistance to insects

Low

Climatic suitability

Warm humid regions

Stage of experience

Traditional

SHORT DESCRIPTION:

• Bamboo floors are common in bamboo structures and to some extent in timber framed houses.

• The simplest method is to lay bamboo culms in parallel, tied to the supporting framework. However, this gives a very uneven surface and can be uncomfortable to sit or stand on for long.

• More even surfaces are achieved by using bamboo board (split and flattened culms), or by cutting bamboo strips, which are woven into boards.

• Since bamboo components cannot be joined together without leaving gaps, the floors are well ventilated, improving the indoor climate and preventing moisture accumulation.

• Precautionary measures are required to minimize attack by biological agents and fire (see PROTECTIVE MEASURES).

Further information: Bibl. 13.02, 13.04, 13.05, 13.09, 13.10, 13.12, 13.13.

Bamboo Floors (after Dunkelberg, Bibl. 13.02)


Whole culms; Bamboo board (flattened culms); Bamboo floors made of woven bamboo strips

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