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ReciproBoo

practical shelter innovation for disaster relief

Nepal special shelter needs; monsoon, winter and classrooms.

Monsoon and winter shelter.

Single elevated reciprocal frame(RF) roof shelter.

This shelter has specific advantages over tents.

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Main reasons to use it:

1. THE RF ROOF SUPPORTS HEAVY INSULATION.
Invaluable if a winterised tent is not available at altitude.

2. UNLIKE A TENT WALLS CAN EASILY BE BUILT UP.
Earth bags, mud bricks, bamboo latice etc can all be used as the
roof is only dependent on the corner support posts and not the
walls for its support.

3. HEAVY MONSOON RAIN RUN OFF EXCELLENT.
Water cannot accumulate but drains away from all 4 roof sectors.

4. SAVES 33% ON TRANSPORTATION COSTS.
This shelter uses 33% less bamboo than traditional shelters.

5. ANY FAMILY CAN BUILD IT.
Minimal skills, easily repaired and upgraded.

Single elevated RF shelter.

Here the roof frame is assembled on the ground and then simply lifted onto posts.

The same shelter .

A big advantage in the monsoon is that, even when horizontal, this roof does not accumulate water.
The support is in the middle where it is needed most and water simply drains away from each of the four outer quadrants.

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Proposal:

1. For every 100 families in a community we advise pre -cutting 400 x 4metre poles and 700 x 3 metre poles ( 11 poles per shelter).

2. Dry and treat bamboo for preservation.

3. Store and distribute as required with tarpaulins.

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Seeds Asia Myanmar building the shelter.

This was the first shelter they had built. The shelter was built rapidly with everyone being able to assist.

Time scale:

If local resources of dry bamboo are exhaused I understand that bamboo harvesting needs to be done after August to avoid the occurrence of "shooting". There is still time to meet a need for this type of shelter for communities facing the winter at altitude.

Temporary classrooms.

Double elevated reciprocal frame(RF) roof shelter.

This shelter is ideal for building a temporary classroom when 2 or more units are assembled together to provide a large covered work space.

Walls can be filled in with panels of lattice bamboo.

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A double elevated reciprocal frame shelter. Two or more of these units can be assembled to make a classroom.

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