practical shelter innovation for disaster relief

Steel ReciproBoo Shelter Kit (RSK)

The steel RSK has a special type of roof (a reciprocal frame roof) that can be used as an emergency shelter or for repairing an existing roof during the early phase of a disaster. The roof frame can later be elevated to make a larger shelter or used as a template for the roof of a more permanent structure.

Key advantages:

This is a lightweight, compact and exceptionally strong shelter kit that can be quickly erected on any slope or terrain.

Its unique ability to support heavy insulation makes it much cooler in the tropics and warmer in a cold climate.

 Easily worked on and repaired, it can be elevated and extended to meet SPHERE guidelines or used as a template for a transitional shelter, especially if bamboo is available.

 It is modular, recyclable and very economic; the complete kit with 2 tarpaulins costs US $46 (less than 1/6th the cost of a tent).

It uses 33% less steel than any conventional shelter frame. This weight saving greatly reduces transportation costs for aid agencies.


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