This guide is for constructing a simple emergency bamboo shelter for refugees in Cox’s Bazar. The Dutch NGO As-Salaamah wal’Adaalah requested ARUP and SHA to create this document. The project was funded with the donations from the Netherlands and Belgium. The aim of the guide is to promote the construction of safer and more appropriate shelter and to facilitate the ease and speed of construction. The guide can be downloaded for free, hoping all parties involved in building emergency shelters for Rohingya refugees can use it to improve their work for the Rohingya. The document is written in English and Bengali.

The refugees camps and sites in the region are very vulnerable to cyclone loads, and therefore this is considered a significant risk to safety and life of the refugees. Several solutions are proposed in this guide to make the shelter safer and more durable. Building shelters using this guide should result in cheaper shelters that last longer. The guide contains IKEA-like images for each step of the building process. Also, it shows the do’s and don’t that will help each party involved to build the strongest shelter possible using only local material.

Despite the proposed improvements, the emergency shelter is unlikely to survive a cyclone. The shelter is set out to be realistic for the economic constraints. Refer to ‘ARUP Technical Guidance Note 02’ Structural Assessment of Emergency Shelter Under Wind Loading, for the approximate range of strength.

This document has been made by SHA (Studio for Healthy Architecture), in collaboration with ARUP. This report is subjected to the disclaimer set out in Section 4. In brief, SHA and ARUP accept no liability whatsoever to third parties for the content of this document. You must rely on your own skill, judgement and expertise (or that of appropriately qualified professional consultants in any matter to which this report relates).