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This tool is designed to help you consider the key issues in shelter design and development and how well any shelter meets the needs of the occupants and the limitations of the location. One conclusion of our work is that it is very hard to judge a shelter out of context. The climate, budget and culture are as important as the architecture.

It lists the issues we have identified from our field works and, where possible, provides guidance in the form of a tool, a short pdf or a pointer to a report or academic paper. This guidance will be particularly useful if you are new to shelter, or to a topic, for example, ventilation. It scores a shelter in terms of a series of * design criteria, for example, privacy. Each design criteria is broken down into issues and possibly sub-issues for you to judge a shelter by. The separate design criteria scores are not then combined into an overall score for a shelter. This is because the criticality of any criteria will be context dependent, however it does allow a series of shelters to be compared issue by issue and for design or tender teams to see where a shelter is particularly strong or weak with respect to these issues. We believe it will be of use to and for the following:

  1. Education and overview of the issues, Shelter designers, particularly those relatively new to the topic, will hopefully find that by reading the list of "sub-issues" on each sheet they might become aware of things they might not have considered.
  2. Shelter designers can score their design (if built in one location), and hence see where it can be improved.
  3. Thinking about where a solution is suitable, and where not. This might be to do with thermal comfort for example, or cultural considerations.
  4. Putting together a list of shelter requirements, or a tender document. In this case you might want to ignore some of the "sub-issues" or adjust them, or the scoring philosophy, to meet local conditions. For example, the maximum cost of a shelter you are willing to consider.
  5. Assessing or comparing a group of shelters (in one location) , or tenders.
  6. To see where the shelters in a camp need effort spent on them or where the issues are or what can be learnt from a SAM analysis of the pre-existing accommodation in a camp.

To use the tool please complete all the yellow cells. Proceed by clicking Start button below: