Date of Award


Document Type

Thesis - SCU Access Only


Santa Clara : Santa Clara University, 2016.


Civil Engineering

First Advisor

Tonya Nilsson


In Egypt, there are many houses that have inadequate roofs or are roofless. This leaves them unprotected from both the elements and criminal activity. This is detrimental to the health, safety, and general welfare of the people. For this project, the problem was addressed by designing affordable and lightweight roofs for these homes. Bamboo will be used as the structural component of the roof because it is renewable, lightweight, and inexpensive. Each member designed a bamboo roof system individually before reconvening to combine the best components of each design. Different connection types were researched and evaluated. The chosen connection was then tested to determine the loads each variation could endure. It was then hypothesised how this system will connect to both existing buildings and buildings that are under construction. The objective of this project is to prove that bamboo roofs can be designed to connect to the many roofless houses in Egypt at an affordable price.