Design Guide for Engineered Bahareque Housing

S. Kamiski, A. Lawrence, David Trujillo

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Engineered bahareque is a form of vernacular-improved construction that takes traditional wattle-and-daub type housing and improves it, using modern materials, knowledge, and construction techniques. Engineered bahareque generally consists of reinforced concrete foundations supporting a reinforced masonry upstand that elevates the timber and/or bamboo structural frame. An organic matrix of cane, small diameter bamboo, bamboo laths, or bamboo mats is nailed to the frame, and galvanised steel chicken mesh is nailed to the matrix to act as reinforcement. The walls are then finished with cement mortar render to form solid walls. The roof is normally constructed from cement fibreboard sheeting or clay tiles.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBeijing, China
PublisherInternational Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR)
ISBN (Print)978-92-990082-3-2
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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NameINBAR Technical Report
PublisherInternational Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR)

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  • bamboos
  • structural timber
  • construction materials
  • engineering
  • houses


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