29 Sep '16, 6pm

IKEA's solar-powered flat pack shelters offer easily deployable emergency housing

We have been building refugee shelters since 1965, and there are shelters we erected in 1967 for Palestinian refugees for UNWRA which are still in use outside Amman, Jordan. See www.conport.com Our Conport 21 system was developed to withstand winds of 120 mph and sandstorms of the kind you get in the Middle East. It is evident to us that the IKEA system will not withstand these conditions. (For example the We have other systems we have developed over the years using our experience gained from working in over 40 countries, often with UNHCR. The obvious material to use for cladding is steel, as it is economical, strong, long lasting and has good fire performance compared with plastic. Using steel eliminates the need for a frame. For insulation fibreglass is the most economical, not least because it compresses to 1/5th of its volume for transport and does not give off noxious...

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