WP2: Shelters

S(P)EEDKITS will design and develop four essential shelters, which are required in almost all emergency situations:

  1. Clever Roof: An ultra-light weight safe shelter for 1 family as a short term solution for the very first hours, packed in a bag (size 16m2)
  2. Multipurpose unit: A collective shelter, that can re-used for other purposes later, packed in a bag (size 50m2)
  3. Progressive House: A shelter for families up to 5 persons , as a first version of a real house, to be used in the transitional period, packed in a bag (size 32m2)
  4. Storage Unit: A robust warehouse shelter for the humanitarian organizations to be used as storage,office, medical center, packed on a pallet (size 150m2)

various types of shelters


For all these types, a key element is the cladding, for which specific textile materials will be investigated, see also link to Cladding Materials.


Each of these shelters will be designed and developed with the following requirements:

  • Diversification: to respond to different needs in affected areas
  • Cladding material: to protect people and goods from the elements
  • Supporting structures need to be light weight, foldable or inflatable technologies
  • Modular set up to be able to diversify and extend
  • Durability: initial shelter can be adapted into a more long-term housing
  • Environmental aspects: impacts of the shelters on the environment
  • Prototypes (shelter + packaging): for testing
  • User friendly: Easy to set up by laymen
  • Packaging and transport requirements as set by WP1


A special edition of Tensi News (Newsletter of the European Based Network for the Design and Realisation of Tensile Structures) on the SMART, multifunctional technical textiles. The newsletter gives a full report on the research and the realisation of...

a guideline to select the most performant materials to enhance the living conditions inside emergency shelters

Emergency situations often occur in hot climates. To provide comfortable living conditions inside the shelters of refugees or...

A guideline on fixings used for shelters made from flexible fabrics and rope tensioners

This guideline consists of 2 parts, both needed to answer the not so easy question: How to attach a fabric to a frame?

Whoever tried to fix any...

A comparative study to assist humanitarian workers in selecting suitable textile materials

Lots of cladding materials are available on the market, each with their specific properties. This study compared 10 cladding materials from the...

A guideline to select the best performing materials to enhance the living conditions inside emergency shelters.

Emergency situations often occur in hot climates. To provide comfortable living conditions inside the shelters of refugees or...

This short presentation shows how the Red Cross International has been working to develop the improved shelters for S(P)EEDKITS.

A short update on the development of shelters. Flexible, versatile and compatible in various...

Within the S(P)EEDKITS the IFRC-Shelter Research Unit is responsible for developing the work package on shelter solutions. Other key partners involved are VUB, POLIMI, TUE, Centexbel and Sioen .

This deliverable offers an overview of  the...

The IFRC-SRU conference is an annual event that brings together a wide range of humanitarian shelter actors, as well as academics and suppliers to share knowledge and exchange experience. The focus of this year's conference is on cladding...

This deliverable presents the designs for four types of sheltering systems: Type 01 - Clever Roof; Type 02 – Multipurpose Unit; Type 03 – SmartTARP for transitional shelter and Type 04 – Mobile Modular Unit.