Designing and Building a Sustainable Refugee Housing Unit by Lauren Chan

The goal of this project was to design and build an easily-constructible refugee shelter specifically for the hot, arid regions of Jordan and Lebanon, using all sustainable materials. A 6.5 ft. x 6.5 ft. half-scale model was built 4 inches off the ground using simple dimensional lumber, laser-cut plywood, cardboard tubes as walls, and a waterproof tarp for the roof. A shed roof with 1.2 pitch was incorporated into the design. The house is water-resistant and was found to have complete resistance and insulation to wind up to 33.78 mph. The floor has a load capacity of 1,442 pounds. The project cost for a single unit was $300, can be built in less than 4 hours with a team of 2-3 people using only a drill and screws, and is estimated to last at least one year without replacement of any materials.

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