IKEA's Humanitarian Shelter Enters Production

"Better Shelter"

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Mon, Mar 30th, 2015 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

After extensive testing in Ethiopia, IKEA's Better Shelter has entered production, with 10,000 units ordered by the UN refugee agency. The aptly-named shelter is designed to last three years, which is two and a half years longer than current shelters, and is packed much like you would expect out of regular IKEA furniture.

The crisis has put considerable strain on refugee camps, but the Ikea Foundation, Ikea's philanthropic arm, hopes the Better Shelter could make life a little easier for those staying there. Measuring about 188 square feet, each shelter accommodates five people and includes a rooftop solar panel that powers a built-in lamp and USB outlet. The structure ships just like any other piece of Ikea furniture, with insulated, lightweight polymer panels, pipes, and wires packed into a cardboard box. According to Ikea, it only takes about four hours to assemble.

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