Here is a photo of the almost complete prototype.
The building is 8′ x 15′. It has an 8′ ceiling. There are three large windows in front and two smaller windows in back. The exterior can be painted or left natural.
The interior walls are pre-finished. For the prototype I used 1/8″ mahogany type plywood that came as packaging for sheet metal. It actually doesn’t look too bad. The metal strips are the clips used to assemble the building. Continue Reading »
My solution is to use two basic panels as the building blocks to assemble a building. The wall panel is 16″ wide, 2″ thick, and 8′ long. It is formed from 22 gage into a ‘c’ shaped panel. 1″ holes are pre-punched in the flange near the top and bottom of the panel to run electrical wiring if desired.
The inside of the wall panel has a 3/8″ air space (thermal break), 1-1/2″ EPS foam insulation, and a pre-finished 1/8″ interior wall panel. There are also half panels (4′ long) and quarter panels (2′ long) that are used to create openings for windows. Continue Reading »
The primary goal of the Basic Shelter Kit was to design the minimum number of components that could be used to build a variety of shelters for disaster relief operations. With this in mind I developed a list of attributes to design towards.
- Minimize the number of primary components. Ideally there should be three or fewer ‘building blocks’, and 10 or fewer auxiliary components.
- None of the components should weigh more than 30 lbs. One person should be able to carry and install all components.
- No components will be longer than 10′ or wider than 4′.
- The components for an entire building of approximately 120 square feet should fit in a standard sized pickup.
- The components for at least 12 buildings of approximately 120 square feet should fit in a standard 40′ container.
- The buildings must withstand 100 mph winds and moderate earthquakes.
- The roof must support 2′ of snow.
- The building must be watertight, insulated, and wind-tight.
- Few or no tools should be required to assemble a building, and no power tools should be required.
- One person should be able to assemble a building of 120 square feet in one day.
- There should be zero waste produced during the manufacturing and assembly of a building.
- All materials must be recyclable and should have a high content of recycled material.
- All components must be reusable. A building should disassemble quickly for shipping and installation at a new location.
- The same basic components must be capable of being used to build structures of various sizes and configurations.
- All of the components for a 120 square foot building should cost less than $2,000 to manufacture.
As usual with boat work, my progress has been slow. I thought I would be getting close to finished by this time, but I’m not even close. I have continued to tweak the design. I have moved the paddling position back into the pilothouse – decided shifting weight from position to position would not be practical. Had to redesign the pilothouse to accommodate paddling. I’m also working on the sailing rig – still not happy with it.
I’ve added bulkheads to the hull, front and rear decks, and framed the front hatch where my bike goes. I have built the pilothouse shell, but it is hideously ugly. I’m going to try to improve it, but function has to take precedence. I have to be able to paddle comfortably, so I may end up with one butt ugly boat. See the photos after the jump. Continue Reading »