practical shelter innovation for disaster relief

Bamboo reciprocal frame roof shelters

Bamboo is ideal for building reciprocal frame roof shelters. Its tensile strength is comparable to steel and it is widely used for construction and scaffolding.

Bamboo is also used for relief shelters but the traditional construction methods used often require the use of split bamboo or special joints.

One of the big advantages of the bamboo reciprocal frame roof is that it does not require any special skills; all the joints are simply cross- lashed together.

To further keep construction simple the ReciproBoo Shelter Kits (RSKs) and larger relief shelters described here all use simple 4 pole reciprocal frames.


The basic 7 pole bamboo shelter kit

Four x 3m bamboo poles.
Two x 2.5m bamboo poles.
One x 4m bamboo pole.
Two standard 6m x 4m plastic tarpaulins.
24 metres of rope
Twine or rope lashings

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