Urban RSK shelter
The Urban RSK is designed for urban disasters, especially earthquakes, where traditional shelter structures are difficult to erect. It is the first complete bamboo frame shelter kit that is freestanding on concrete or asphalt.
The Urban RSK uses the same bamboo poles as the emergency RSK. This will enable aid agencies that have stockpiled emergency RSK kits to rapidly respond using existing stocks if Urban RSKs are needed.
SPECIAL FEATURE OF THIS SHELTER :
When 2 reciprocal frame roof panels are inclined against each other and lashed to two props the structure is remarkably stable on solid ground. This stability increases with the additional weight of the tarpaulin and when earth bags are placed on top of the two lower frame side poles. Two heavy guy ropes attached to earth bags on each side complete the shelter.
STANDARD FEATURES ( ALL RSK SHELTERS)
All RSK shelters use 33% less bamboo than any equivalent span shelter. This is due to the efficiency of span of the reciprocal frame roof and not using bamboo lattice roofs. Transportation costs are also considerably reduced and saving limited bamboo resources has a positive impact on the environment.
All RSK shelters aspire to meet Sphere guidelines and the urban RSK shelter is no exception.
SIMPLE ASSEMBLY USING MINIMAL SKILLS
All the RSK shelters use only 2 different lengths of bamboo for their roof frames. These roof frames are lashed together ON THE GROUND thereby avoiding the usual overhead work. This not only results in stronger lashing ties but also enables family members to assist with assembly and then simply lift the roof frame onto its support posts when completed.
RSK storm shelter opened for demonstration Bangladesh MSF training
In very severe storms the roof of all RSK shelters can be lowered to the low wind profile " storm shelter" within minutes. Fire safety is greatly improved by using less highly combustible materials and its unique fire break option.
Frame members are interchangeable and can easily be replaced without disassembling the roof frame
All roof frames are identical . This enables modular additions to be made to any RSK shelter as required.
Using complete bamboo poles instead of split bamboo and canes enables all materials in the kit to be recycled over time for animal shelters etc