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Jed Long

Year of Award: 2016 Award State: New South Wales Trades > Construction And Building Materials
The AV Jennings Churchill Fellowship to research bamboo construction and treatment methods to develop Australia's bamboo industry - Indonesia, Colombia, Netherlands
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Recommendations

  • Australia’s geographic proximity makes it an ideal location for engaging with Asia Pacific countries for developing research into bamboo construction.
  • Understanding bamboo and its role in the built environment requires a multi-disciplinary field of expertise that can provide new potential research outcomes.
  • Australia does not have the capacity to currently establish its own building code and so should instead contribute to developing international ISO codes by supporting TC165 WG12.
  • Engineered bamboo products will have a larger application in developed markets that unprocessed bamboo. To ensure consumer satisfaction, high quality control is required to ensure cheap inferior products are not devaluing engineered bamboo. This can be regulated through the development of an international standard as certification.
  • Investment in building resilience to natural disasters in low income, high population countries in close proximity to Australia will be crucial to the ongoing stability of this region. Government support should be provided to organisation investigating how existing bamboo construction systems can be improved.
  • Woodford has created a unique space for cultivating research outside of a University setting. This process requires further development to formalise non-traditional research outcomes by partnering with artisans, designers, organisations and universities.
  • To develop workshops at Woodford that can have a course code applied to it by a university, in order to provide a means for further student engagement.
  • To prevent research groups working in isolation, the interchange of knowledge between institutions must be fostered and colonial bias eliminated from the way we engage across cultures. This process can be advanced through the support of global organisations such as the World Bamboo Organisation.
  • Designers utilise best practice when designing with bamboo to ensure longevity of construction. Open source documents such as the Humanitarian Bamboo Guidelines are fantastic resources to achieve this and require further support to ensure ongoing relevance.
  • When selecting materials for construction, consider its entire value chain, including the social and ecological impacts.
  • Bamboo is best utilised as a hybrid construction system working in conjunction with other complimentary materials.
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