DiRRep - Containerised Disaster Relief, Re-locatable or Permanent Housing
for Clusters, Villages or Townships
Emergency housing, emergency shelter and disaster housing is needed all over the world.
With our ever changing unpredictable global climate, disastrous weather conditions, and frequent earthquakes, the world is increasingly prone to disasters of every description.
Even worse is the displacement of millions through wars and civil conflict who are added to those suffering from floods, land slips, mud slides, tsunami’s, fires, often as a result of the total destruction of villages, towns and cities.
The world has become pretty good at delivering immediate responses – tents, plastic sheeting, water bowsers and other improvisations.
The urgent provision of the temporary shelter needed is to be applauded. Unfortunately it often carries a nasty sting in its tail – a real and desperate need for long term resettlement.
This is not only happening as a result of natural disasters, or only in developing countries, it is becoming an endemic problem in some of the World’s richest and most developed nations.
What is wrong with these temporary ‘sticking plaster’ solutions is, in a way, human nature – our inherent tendency to ‘put down roots’, to settle and obdurately resist relocation.
Worldwide, example can be seen of this in the squatter settlements and shanty towns that abound in many developing countries.
When people find a little space to live in, they begin to create something a little better than what they had to begin with, to ‘build’ something a little more permanent.
Initially this may be something as simple as adding a piece of plywood, corrugated iron, or even cardboard. Whatever comes to hand and may possibly be used to ‘improve’ the shelter more often than not finds its way to being incorporated.
Re-locatable & Permanent Solutions
What is needed is a new approach to emergency relief housing.
A fresh look not just at how to provide emergency shelter, but at the same time to consider how longer term needs should and can be met.
We must avoid turning today’s desperate need into tomorrow’s on-going despair
Immediate Relief - Long Term Settlement
With practical as well as academic inputs from Professor Benfield who has seen many of the issues referred to above in practice around the world, the Benfield ATT Group have devised and created a novel solution.
Based on the timber frame structure used for permanent housing of up to 4 and more floors in the UK, the DiRReP unit, complete with kitchenette, shower room, WC, and electrics, can be built by 2-3 people and occupied in just 2 days.
No special equipment or foundations are needed. Each complete unit fits within one 20ft shipping
container. And each can be expanded outwards or upwards by the addition of 2 or more floors, These relocatable units deliver near instant disaster accommodation for people in need of fast, easy build shelters.
They can be used for many different applications including: first aid housing for near immediate shelter, instant first aid homes, clusters & villages of emergency aid housing, small townships of emergency aid homes, general crisis housing delivering crisis homes in rural areas and even urban crisis shelters.
Front Left View
Ground Floor Layout