Key advantages of the bamboo RSK

HEALTH BENEFITS AND A ROOF THAT IS EASY TO THATCH

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Insulation reduces the incidence of dehydration and hypothermia. Better ventilation reduces respiratory diseases. Where tarpaulins are not immediately available the roof can be thatched using palm leaves.

A SHELTER THAT USES 33% LESS BAMBOO

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This results in a 33% reduction in transportation costs.

ONE KIT FOR BOTH URBAN AND RURAL DISASTERS

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In an urban disaster the shelter makes use of existing walls and adapts to any floorspace In a rural disaster, it can be built on a hillside or incline that is unsuitable for tents.

VERY ECONOMIC

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The frame costs less than $6.
The complete shelter kit less than $40.

WORKABLE AND EASILY REPAIRED

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Every part of the shelter can be replaced or repaired using easily available local resources.

MODULAR

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4 units make a 40 square metre classroom or reception.

AN EMERGENCY AND TRANSITIONAL SHELTER

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SUSTAINABLE AND RECYCLABLE

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The emergency shelter can be upgraded by the family to the more permanent double elevated shelter within a day thereby saving transitional waste:

Locally sourced bamboo is a truly sustainable resource saving valuable timber. Poles can be recycled into livestock shelters or eventual fuel.

Summary of the innovation:

All ReciproBoo Shelter Kits (RSKs) use a 4 pole reciprocal frame roof.

A reciprocal frame is a self- supporting structure with exceptional strength and efficiency. The result is a shelter that has many advantages for both aid agencies and beneficiaries.

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The RSK can be worked on and upgraded to make a transitional shelter thereby providing a single step pathway to building a permanent shelter.

Key advantages:

3. Endorsement by shelter engineers.

Over the last 4 years the positive feedback from engineers that have either seen a demonstration of the shelter or helped to build it at workshops, has been unanimous.

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Full details of these and other benefits for families and Aid Agencies

4. Cost and transportation savings are huge.

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