Scott Key, Sam Brisendine, Good Works Studio
Emergency Floor: A low-cost flooring solution for refugee families. The design uses leftover shipping pallets to elevate the floor with the use of specially designed flooring that uses recycled materials to provide a safe, warm, and clean floor for use in refugee shelters. The design aim is to minimize waste by re-purposing materials available in refugee camps.
Goal 3: Aims to provide a hygienic surface in order to decrease parasitic infestations, diarrhea, and anemia, and increase cognitive development.
Millions of refugees fleeing conflict that are forced to sleep directly on the ground.
Prototype. Emergency Floor plans to mass produce the floor once they establish a reliable supply chain.
End users receive the Emergency Floor as a refugee-assisting technology from emergency/disaster relief organizations. Relief organizations may procure the product via distributors such as The Level Market
Provides protection from parasitic infections, flash flooding, waterborne diseases, and freezing ground conditions.
Emergency Floor is designed to be installed over top shipping pallets or sandbags to give families an extra 15-20 cm of distance from the ground. The company has developed a custom washer that allows the floors to be secured to any substrate. The Emergency Floor is comprised of polypropylene tiles that are assembled to cover a desired area. Tile dimensions are 5.44 Sq ft or 0.50Sq meters.
The Emergency Floor is rated to be Fire Resistant.
Unknown. The shipping pallets that separate the flooring from the soil should be readily available in most refugee camps.
No information provided regarding disposal. Good Works Studio, Inc. offers a 30 day warranty for any manufacturing defects on all products.
Emergency Floor claims that they have found their product is an ‘effective insulator’ and can reduce the use of heating fuels by about 20% or $220 / shelter (based on use in a UNHCR Family Shelter) as it retains heat in the bottom 75 cm of the shelter where families lounge and sleep. In long term dwelling scenarios, Emergency Floor claims that floors will reduce parasitic infections by about 78%.
Overhead shelter, such as a tent or plastic structure, is important for the Emergency Floor to be of much use.
No academic research is referenced
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