practical shelter innovation for disaster relief

"The Reciproboo Shelter Kit (RSK) uses up to 40 % less bamboo than traditional shelters"

Traditional shelter

RSK shelter

Saving 40%

There are 2 main reasons for this:

1. The reciprocal frame used for the RSK roof is self - supporting structure. This means that shorter poles can be used to span a given roof space; hence its historic use in construction to support floors http://bit.ly/17PHVFF

2. The reciprocal frame roof does not require
any lateral ridge poles. Support is only needed
at the 4 corners of the frame.

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The poles of the RSK on the right interlock to provide support at the centre and do not require lateral ridge poles.

The result is a saving of 18 metres (40%) of bamboo.

It can be shown that a reciprocal frame roof will save a minimum of 33% bamboo for any traditional rigid frame roof structure.

Cost savings

Using 30 to 40% less bamboo will save
$3 to $4 per shelter.

This is a saving of between $300,000 to
$400,000 for every 100,000 shelters kits
an aid agency deploys.

This does not include the 40% saving in
transport costs for the bamboo.

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