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Oct. 4, 2017, 12:07 p.m.
We are experiencing poor quality bricklaying, despite procuring good quality bricks. The walls are not yet a metre high, but they are not straight and the brick courses appear to be sagging in places. What can we do to make sure this does not continue?
tags: Shelter, Building-Design, Shelter-Materials, Cements-and-Binders
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Oct. 10, 2017, 9:50 a.m.
We do not have enough land to meet the Sphere indicator of 3.5m2 per person. The sites we have for displaced families are small and scattered in an urban area. How can we find an adequate shelter solution?
tags: Shelter, planning
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Oct. 10, 2017, 10:12 a.m.
The tents in the camp we are managing are leaking. It is cold and it is raining. The tents are single skin canvas family tents and we have tried waterproofing them using a layer of plastic sheeting, but they are still very wet inside. What can we do?
tags: Shelter
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Oct. 17, 2017, 4:17 a.m.
We are conducting a rapid needs assessment to inform the repair and reconstruction of family homes, but we are finding it hard to find any female family members, let alone speak with them. How can we make sure their voices are heard?
tags: Shelter, planning
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Oct. 17, 2017, 7:26 a.m.
Having constructed a demonstration house for the community, we think the timber is being eaten by termites. How can we prevent this happening when families build their own shelters?
tags: Shelter, Shelter-Materials
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Dec. 5, 2017, 7:05 a.m.
We are supporting a community in a warehouse after a hurricane to return to their homes in the same urban district. How can we ensure our support is equitable, for groups who own their homes and groups who are illegally settled?

Thank you for your question. It is important to intervene carefully in a community where existing tensions may exist and where the displacement of the community has the potential to become politica...

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tags: Shelter
Oct. 10, 2017, 10:14 a.m.
The tents in the camp we are managing are leaking. It is cold and it is raining. The tents are single skin canvas family tents and we have tried waterproofing them using a layer of plastic sheeting, but they are still very wet inside. What can we do?

Thank you for your question. Tents should be kept dry inside because damp can encourage mould growth and respiratory infections.

There are two possibilities. The first is that the tents are indeed...

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tags: Shelter
Nov. 23, 2017, 9:04 a.m.
Natural fibre reinforced concrete

Hi Julija

Below I summarise some of the answers from practitioners with some experience of this and similar studies.

It really depends on what you are trying to reinforce. If you are trying to f...

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tags: sustainability, Engineering, concrete, fibres, Natural, sustainable
Nov. 1, 2017, 10:39 a.m.
We are a small NGO working with a village community when the earthquake struck. We want to distribute plastic sheet but we need advice on how best to procure it.

Thank you for your question. Plastic sheeting can be a good temporary shelter material after an earthquake because it is flexible and durable. It is unlikely to hurt anyone if there are aftershocks...

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tags: Shelter, Shelter-Materials
Oct. 28, 2017, 2:13 a.m.
Our contractor will soon be completing houses for families who lost their homes following a cyclone. The families own the land but the houses are completely new. What is the best process for handing over the houses to the families?

Thank you for your question. There are a number of considerations when handing over newly completed houses.

First, ensure that everyone is clear what is understood by ‘complete’ because this can v...

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tags: Shelter, planning
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Shelter, planning, Shelter-Materials, Demolition, Building-Design, Cements-and-Binders, Transitonal-Shelters, sustainability, sustainable, concrete, Engineering, Natural, fibres
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