Monday, 29 May 2017

Treated 6mm Birch Plywood Shingle Off Cut Cladding Shelter Experiment




Treated 6mm Birch Plywood Shingle was screwed to 2m Plastic Door edge strip (DES) horizontal battons. 42mm & 75mm drywall screws were used (no extra glue)

The off cuts were donated from a local fencing co. that also make rabbit hutches, from which these off cuts arose

Off cuts were dipped in decking / fencing preserver, so a few 'tide marks' are present.
This was done to get more preserver deeper into the wood .

We wait to see how it weathers & it will hopefully make our first prototype shelter more attractive (still going strong after 2.3 yrs)

More off cut cladding picture variations to come 

Some off cuts have been donated to Woodcraft to Wellness Chester













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Saturday, 20 May 2017

AquaCIRC-Panel - Idea for an Insulating panel that contains circulated water to heat & cool a shelter, yet lets light through for a green house or window

AquaCIRC-Panel - Idea for an Insulating panel that contains circulated water to heat & cool a shelter, yet lets light through for a green house or window

A double skinned grp sheet panel similar to a kingspan one below, would be strengthened with beams on the outside (poss metalclad) to take presuure of water on sheet .

Water would store heat during the day, then be pumped into an insualted container (poss underground) to be pumped back for heating at night into internal radiators or back into the same panels if an insualted panel could be added to outside ( to stop heat loss to outside environment)

In a war zone, shrapnel may be slowed by water filled wall & roof  panels

Initial problems envisaged are :
1. strengthening the seal between panels to take the weight of the water

2. Algae may grow i nthe panel. but a chemical may be added to inhibit growth

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Thursday, 4 May 2017

Dunkirk Migrant Camp was offered Fire Resistant Building Materials, free, a year before it burnt down PRESS RELEASE FROM Paul Ridley, Founder Cabinz Project DATE 5/5/17

PRESS RELEASE FROM Paul Ridley, Founder Cabinz Project DATE 5/5/17

Dunkirk Migrant Camp was offered Fire Resistant Building Materials, free, a year before it burnt down

On 10 April this year, a fire at the Migrant Camp in Dunkirk spread sufficently to destroy over half the buildings, many people lost all their very precious, remaining belongings and 10 people were injured.

The plywood chalets for migrants at the Dunkirk Migrant Camp were built by the charities Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and 'A Home for Winter'.

In February 2016, Paul Ridley of the Cabinz Project, a small community group in Chester UK, wrote warning both charities that the chalets were neither adequately insulated nor fire resistant and indicated methods to improve both and offered to pay for the necessary panels.

 The method suggested was to clad the inside with plastic-coated metal sheeting and the outside with rigid foam insulation under steel outer sheeting. Paul offered sufficient panels and fixings to fill a 40 ft shipping container, free, and Vinay Gupta, the well-known expert on Hexayurt disaster shelters, offered design support to rectify the problems. 

MSF replied saying they were not interested as they had their own 'logistic center', and the other charity, which initially showed showed interest, did not reply within the time scale indicated.

It is most unfortunate that the fire resistant cladding offered was not accepted in time. If it was, Paul believes the spreading of the fire may have been avoided. 

It appears the Swiss had concerns over fire resistance in migrant shelters as early as 2015, and these issues continue regarding the design of 10,000 IKEA 'Better Shelters' being produced for migrants.

The Cabinz Project is a small social venture in Chester Uk, run by volunteers. It designs and re-uses industrial clearance stock and offcuts to help make insulated small shelters such as sheds, greenhouses & chicken coops

For further info email cabinznet@gmail.com or call 0743 2315470 

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Swiss concerns:

Monday, 1 May 2017

UK researchers lead effort to design climate-proof refugee housing to withstand extremes of temperature

UK researchers lead effort to design climate-proof refugee housing to withstand extremes of temperature
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/01/uk-researchers-design-climate-proof-refugee-housing-healthy-housing-displaced-bath-university

Economics professor Richard Wolff warns housing crash would be worse than Great Depression

Economics professor Richard Wolff warns housing crash would be worse than Great Depression https://thehill.com/hilltv/rising/507499-economic...