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ReciproBoo

practical shelter innovation for disaster relief

Bamboo reciprocal frame shelter for the Syrian winter

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Red Cross volunteers in Myanmar build the tropical option shelter.
In Syria the winter shelter will have enclosed tarpaulin or earth bag walls.

WHY USE THIS SHELTER?

The Reciproboo shelter has some unique properties to help a family survive a severe winter.

1. THE ROOF CAN SUPPORT HEAVY INSULATION.
Not only does this make the shelter warmer but the exceptional strength
of the reciprocal frame roof means it will not collapse under heavy snow.

2. THE WALLS CAN BE BUILT UP FOR INSULATION AND SECURITY.
Unlike traditional structures the reciprocal frame roof only requires
support at each corner; this allows walls to be built up using available
materials such as earth bags and masonry etc.

3. THE SHELTER IS TRULY MODULAR.
Further units can be added for larger shelters.

4. THE SHELTER PROVIDES DIGNIFIED LIVING SPACE & COMFORT.
Unlike "A" frame shelters and tents this roof is most stable when horizontal
thereby allowing a large standing area. In the hot Syrian summer the shelter
is also cooler than any tent.

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The Reciproboo will not collapse under the load of heavy snow

WHY BAMBOO FROM AFRICA ?

A container of 6,000 treated bamboo poles from Ghana costing $18,000
will enable 500 single elevated reciproboo shelters to be built. At $36 for this12 pole frame the complete shelter can be built for $69.

The above costs can be reduced further by bulk purchase of containers of bamboo shipped by sea.

Not only is bamboo a sustainable resource, but sourcing from Ghana will considerably assist the local bamboo industry.

To discuss details of this proposal please contact Shaun Halbert
shaunvet@hotmail.co.uk or tel. (0044) 790106786

USING RECIPROCAL FRAMES TO REDUCE THE RISK OF HYPOTHERMIA

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COLD

COLD

Insulation or snow

Reciprocal frame roof

2nd reciprocal frame roof

LESS COLD

WARM

Insulation

Bamboo reciprocal frame to lift sleeping body off the cold ground

Bamboo reciprocal frame used to create sleeping capsule

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