The Better Shelter is a modular emergency and transitional shelter for up to five persons.
Better Shelter is a temporary shelter that can be disassembled and reused, designed with and for refugees. The Better Shelter ships flat-packed, with all parts and tools included. It is a weatherproof and lockable temporary shelter, which offers 17.5 m2 of space for a displaced family of 4 to 5 occupants. The delivered package includes mosquito nets and solar powered interior lighting.
The product was originally design for deployment in Ethiopia, Iraq and Lebanon, and has since been deployed in Botswana, Chad, Djibouti, FYR of Macedonia, Greece, Nepal, Niger, and South Sudan
1260 USD (1150 EUR)
Residents of IDP/refugee camps, and communities affected by natural disasters
Building kits are prefabricated in their home office in Sweden. Upon arrival on site, Better Shelter staff often offer training to local experts in erecting the structures. A correct, timely and safe installation requires a minimum of four people.
The Better Shelter Team delivers product building kits to International Relief organizations (for example, 10,000 units to the UNHCR in 2015), and in some cases, send their experts to assist in erecting the structures.
The exact number is unknown, however, 10,000 units had been ordered by UNHCR as of March 24, 2015 to be distributed to 50,000 refugees.
Number of individuals. 1 family = 5 persons
Number of hours from deployment to completion
Main material used
Intended number of years
As calculated by manufacturer
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Composite estimated R-value
List of suitable climates for use of this components
Design specs and detailed installation instruction are included with delivery.
3 parts: Frame, Polyolefin foam panels, PV System
Approximate assembly time: 4 – 8 hours
Man power: 4 people
2) Metal Frame
3) Roof with ventilation and solar panel
4) Walls with windows and door
Instruction manuals are included with product
Designed for a lifespan of three years, portions of the structure can be updated over time with more permanent components, such as earthen walls. Warranties are made available only under certain circumstances.
Floor area: 17.5 m2
Minimum ceiling height: 1,840 mm
Sphere compliant: Yes
Windows: 4 pieces (640 cm2 each)
Ventilation: 2 pieces (620 cm2 each)
Door: 1 piece (740 × 1690 mm)
Expected lifespan: 3 years with basic maintenance
Fire safety Tested and classified according to international building standards EN ISO 11925-2:2010 and EN 13823:2010
Resistance to UV load: 2,700h UVA – 100% functionality
Wind speed [EN 1991 EC1]: 18 m/s
Snow loads [EN 1991 EC1]: 10 kg/m2
PV system: 4h light/day and USB power
Package weight / volume: 160 kg/1.15 m3
Package A: 1990 × 1090 × 240 mm (85 kg)
Package B: 1990 × 1090 × 290 mm (75 kg)
Pallet dimensions 2010 × 1080 × 140 mm
Container 40 feet HC 48 shelters
Container 40 feet 36 shelters
Better Shelter tested their product in conjuncture with Emergency Floors, a clean and safe flooring system to protect house dwellers from the threats of constant contact with the ground.
Robert, P., Hviid, M., 2019, Analys av fästelement for temporära flyktingbostäder-Better Shelter, Dissertation
Developed according to the Sphere minimum standards.
Honored at the Swedish Design Awards
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