Providing Foldable & Robust Transitional Shelters
Three are three phases in the aftermath of a natural disaster: supplying immediate relief materials, providing transitional shelters, and rebuilding permanent settlements. Focusing on transitional shelters, we had highlighted the IKEA Foundation with their solar-powered flat pack shelter. Similarly, Extremis Technology aims to provide solutions for the transitional shelter needs of people affected by earthquake, hurricanes, floods or war. Their ‘Hush’ shelters provide safety, security and robustness that is built around the family unit.
Hush shelters are supplied folded flat and can be erected, in almost a pop-up fashion, without the need for tools, additional parts or skilled labor. There is no need for sophisticated foundations and they can be put up in minutes, rather than hours or days. The shelter can be mounted onto seismic isolators to provide some protection in earthquake zones, supported by simple foundation systems or, in the right conditions, with no foundations at all. In addition, the cladding material can be adapted to suit local climatic or cultural requirements, and there are opportunities to add further technologies for water capture or energy generation. In the event of a hurricane warning, their ‘Hush2’ shelter can be folded down into a prism – a shape that is intrinsically more stable than a box. There is no requirement for separate or additional components and no tools or skills are needed for deployment.
They have successfully completed two rounds of funding, and their final fundraising effort is underway which should help them ramp up to full commercialization in a few months. One to partner with, invest in, or get inspired to start you own innovative disaster relief business?
Source: Extremis Technology
Contact: 08432.899.711 (UK)
Spotted by: Bikram Palikhey