Solar-powered flat pack refugee shelters by IKEA
Making rounds on the internet, IKEA and the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) have teamed up to conceive a solar-powered flat pack refugee shelter designed to protect women and children living in makeshift camps. engineered as modular units, the prototype housing container facades are constructed using a durable lightweight polymer siding called rhulite, which easily installs over a knock-down steel skeleton. measuring twice as large as traditional refugee tents, the shelters provide and opportunity to reduce the overall costs to provide a temporary home for displaced people, whether long-term or short-term. during the case of an emergency, UNHCR would ship pre-fabricated shelter components to the designated site in a flat-packed box, which then can be assembled in just four hours without tools. designed with flexible solar panels on the roof, the energy generation system can additionally provide minimal electrical power in each shelter.
‘the programmes are revolutionizing the way UNHCR helps refugee families, moving them towards a life of self-reliance. by creating schools that allow refugee and local children to integrate and encouraging economic opportunities in and near the camps, refugees will become less vulnerable and less dependent on aid – eventually leading a life of independence and dignity’ says UNHCR. ‘IKEA co-workers have been able to take the skills that are the core of the IKEA way of working – low prices, simple and efficient packaging, stackable products and use them to help many millions more people have a place to call home.’
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