Humanitarian tents - Thermal performance and internal air quality


Event details

Date and time 18.11.2020 11:0012:00  
Place and room
Category Conferences - Seminars
During the Summer of 2019 and Winter of 2019/2020, a collaboration within the Smart Living Lab comprising FAR, HOBEL, Building 2050 and TRANSFORM/croqAIR research groups tested the thermal performance of humanitarian tents and the internal air quality associated with use of wood-fired stoves for winter heating. This Smart Living Lunch presentation will review experimental results and the conclusions drawn on 18 November 2020 from 11:00 to 12:00 in Fribourg.

Humanitarian tents are critical to the provision of shelter for people displaced by conflict and natural disasters. UNHCR - the UN agency responsible for providing assistance to refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs) - provided emergency shelters to more than 150,000 people in 2018 alone, with tents being the main emergency shelter solution. While intended for emergency shelter, tents are often the the only shelter available for refugees and IDPs for prolonged periods in difficult weather conditions, including extreme heat and cold.

The thermal performances and indoor air quality tests made by the Smart Living Lab enable a comparison of humanitarian tent designs, including a comparison between the Standard Family Tent, which has been the global stalwart of humanitarian response for many years, and a new Geodesic Family Tent.

The smart living lunches take place once a month from 11:00 to 12:00 in Fribourg to present the research activities of the Smart Living Lab. A networking lunch is served after the presentation. These events are designed for the Smart Living Lab's community.