Thermally Resilient Shelter Design

Daniel Fosas, Sukumar Natarajan

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Abstract

Rationale: Shelters, unlike other buildings, are by definition, temporary. Modern requirements for shelters often arise in remote locations or in response to large humanitarian crises. Indeed, we are currently experiencing the largest forced migration of people on record, with current estimates at nearly 69M people - a population the size of the UK. Hence, adequate refugee shelter is a pressing issue. Understandably, in a developing humanitarian crisis, thermal
conditions are usually not given high priority. However, as the lifetime of camps is extended, many otherwise temporary encampments get converted into a more permanent state, and are termed “transitional” by the aid agencies. Some studies have suggested the average lifetime of such transitional shelters is 17 years. The core issues we wish to explore with this workshop, are hence:

(i) how low-cost high-resilience shelters can be designed and
(ii) how one may consider aspects of culture, tradition, politics and other socio-economic norms whose interaction with the built environment significantly affect performance.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLEGACY OF THE 1 ST INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON COMFORT AT THE EXTREMES: ENERGY, ECONOMY AND CLIMATE
PublisherNCEUB
Pages30-32
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - 11 May 2019
EventComfort At The Extremes 2019: 1st International Conference on Comfort at the Extremes: Energy, Economy and Climate - Heriot Watt University, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 10 Apr 201911 Apr 2019

Conference

ConferenceComfort At The Extremes 2019
Abbreviated titleCATE2019
Country/TerritoryUnited Arab Emirates
CityDubai
Period10/04/1911/04/19

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