Better Shelter

Creating Better Homes for Emergency Relief And Beyond

Better Shelter is a groundbreaking example of collaboration, technical innovation and practical application. The Better Shelter is an innovative temporary shelter, designed as a result of a research and development project undertaken by UNHCR, IKEA Foundation and Better Shelter.

The temporary shelter is composed of several basic elements, including a lightweight steel frame, roof and wall panels, door and windows, floor covering, solar energy system (lamp and telephone charge) and an anchoring system.

Prototypes have been tested and evaluated by UNHCR with respect to the personal, social and cultural expectations of the people that it aspires to rehabilitate, as well as the environment, logistics and financial framework it is designed for.

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