Dr.ir. P. (Pablo) van der Lugt



Bamboo / Wood / Biobased  -  Circular (C2C) / Low Carbon Building 

Booming Bamboo author dr. ir. Pablo van der Lugt gained his interest for bamboo as a building and designers material during an internship at the National Bamboo Project in Costa Rica in 2001. He received his Masters degree at the Faculty of Architecture of Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) where he graduated with honours for his MSc thesis about the economical and ecological (LCA) feasibility of the bamboo stem as a building material alternative in Western Europe.

Intrigued by the subject and the potential of industrially processed bamboo as a fast growing hardwood substitute, in his PhD research at the Design for Sustainability program at TU Delft, van der Lugt compared the commercialization potential and the  environmental impact (LCA & carbon footprint) of industrial bamboo materials with commonly used building materials.

After finishing his PhD in 2008, van der Lugt decided to put his learnings in practice in the building industry in various roles both at the supplying side and the purchasing side, ever maintaining a strong link with science (lecturer / researcher at TU Delft).

In the vision of van der Lugt in the essential transition towards a more circular economy there are tremendous opportunities for smart bio-based materials made from fast-growing resources such as (modified) softwood and (engineered) giant bamboo, to substitute carbon intensive, high performance materials such as tropical hardwood, steel, PVC and concrete.

Van der Lugt has written several books on bamboo design, architecture and sustainability, and regularly publishes his research findings about engineered bamboo / wood in popular magazines and scientific journals. Further, van der Lugt regularly provides (keynote) presentations on this topic to key stakeholders and policy makers in the building industry, including the potential of climate change mitigation through application of industrial bamboo products at the International Climate Conference in Paris, COP 21. 

More information about Booming Bamboo (2017) van der Lugt's latest book on Bamboo design and architecture, can be found here: boomingbamboo.com

Several publications, including van der Lugt's PhD thesis are available for download at the TU Delft repository and/or on the "publications" tab below (please scroll down).

For the Curriculum Vitae of Pablo van der Lugt please refer to www.linkedin.com/in/pablovanderlugt 



Fields of expertise:

  •           Biobased (renewable) materials, in particular bamboo and wood
  •           Environmental impact assessments: Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), Carbon footprint, Environmental Product Declarations (EPD)
  •          Circular Economy and Cradle to Cradle (C2C) implementation in the Built Environment
  •          Climate Change Mitigation and Carbon Sequestration through Renewable Resources
  •          Product innovations with bio-based materials

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