Renewable Houses SA

Affordable Housing, Skills and Resources for South Africa

Bamboo Species


Construction Grade Species

Dendrocalamus asper
Guadua angustifolia
Bambusa vulgaris
Bambusa pervariabilis
Guadua angustifolia
Thamnocalamus tessellatus (Indigenous to S.A)
Bambusa balcooa (Naturalized Species)


Landscaping Species

Bambusa multiplex (Hedge / Straw Bamboo)


Reference Material


Free Bamboo Publications at Guadua Bamboo
Unknown year, INBAR - Bamboo Preservation By Sap Displacement - Transfer of Technology Model PDF (157Kb)
1995, INBAR - Manual for Vegetative Propagation of Bamboos, Ratan Lal Banik PDF (2.2mb)
2000, DeBoer, D & Bareis, K. "Bamboo Building and Culture" PDF (1.17mb)
2003, Hidalgo-Lopez, O. "Bamboo, The Gift of the Gods". Part I (16mb) Part II (13mb)
2007, Janssen, J. "Building with Bamboo - A Handbook"
2012, Ninehuys, S. "Thin Bamboo Culms for Trusses, Use of Two and Three Culms in Composite Beams" PDF (1.68mb)
2015, Cerron, T & Guzman, D. "Purlin-Dowel Connection for Bamboo Constructions as Sustainable Proposal for the Amazon Housing" Research Gate
2015, INBAR - The Environmental Impact of Bamboo Products-TR-35 PDF (2.8mb)
2017, Mothapo, MG. "Economic Evaluation of Bamboo Cultivation and Potential Yield on Rehabilitated Mine Sites" PDF (3mb)
2017, Yoshimura, K. "Exploring the potential of bamboo as a didactic alternative construction material" Thesis PDF (7.7mb)
2018, Bielema, C. "Bamboo For Construction - Technical Note 92" PDF (1.4mb)
2018, Witte, D. "Contemporary Bamboo Housing in South America" Thesis PDF Mirror 1 (27.8mb) Thesis PDF Mirror 2 (27.8mb)
2019, INBAR - Manual for Sustainable Management of Clumping Bamboo Forest-TR-41 PDF (2.4mb)


RHSA Files


2019.11 Species Clumping Planting Guide PDF (2mb)
2019.04 Proposal for BambooTreatment Facility and Workshop at Nelson Mandela Community Youth Centre PDF (7.4mb)
2018.05 Treatment Pool and Rack Protoype Design and Specification PDF (91Kb)
2018.05 Glenwood Weekly Gazette Feature JPG (250Kb)