Solution by: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), IKEA Foundation, and Better Shelter
Durable Temporary Homes for Refugees Better Shelter provides innovative, practical, and durable temporary housing for the millions of people who every year lose their homes and due to conflicts and natural disasters.
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Many people affected by conflicts and natural disasters seek refuge in humanitarian camps for access to shelter, food, and clean water. The Better Shelter consists of lightweight polymer panels laminated with thermal insulation clipped onto a lightweight steel frame. The shelters are more durable and better insulated than traditional refugee tents. Operable windows and lockable doors give refugees the feeling of occupying a normal home.
ENVIRONMENTAL With only four hours of daylight, the solar panels on the roof shelters generate enough electricity to power lamps and phones for a family. THE TRIPLE BOTTOM LINE
SOCIAL A Better Shelter is creating 17.5 m2 of safe, healthy, and durable floor space, creating more livable homes for refugee families.
Solar panels on the roof provide enough electricity to charge lamps and telephones. The shelter comes flat-packed, which lowers shipping costs, and can be built without tools, at the site, in four hours. WHY A SUSTAINIA100 SOLUTION? According to the UN Refugee Agency, conflict and persecution alone forced an average of 32,200 persons per day to leave their homes and seek protection elsewhere during 2014. Developing countries host 86% of these refugees.1 This creates a massive need for temporary housing, which Better Shelter addresses, with a smaller environmental footprint.
Better Shelter provides enough space for a whole family and has full standing height, making the shelter a comfortable temporary home for refugees.
ECONOMIC The Better Shelter creates value for the money spent aiding refugees by creating a housing solution that can be mass-produced and transported easily.
DEVELOPED IN ...
SWEDEN DEPLOYED IN ...
IRAQ, ETHIOPIA, AND SYRIA
UNHCR. “UNHCR 2013 Global Trends Report.” 2013
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