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The ingenious Anthony Emergency Housing System

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November 9, 2010

The ingenious Anthony Emergency Housing System

The ingenious Anthony Emergency Housing System

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The frightening increase in the incidence of natural disasters such as tsunamis, earthquakes floods and wildfires around the world has continued to highlight mankind’s need for rapidly-deployable emergency housing. Gizmag has reported many clever designs for emergency housing over the last decade, but Peter Anthony’s collapsible, lightweight mobile platform is the most viable we've yet seen for airdropping and rapidly-deploying housing for large numbers of people. Each self-contained 8'(2.4m) x 8' x 8' living space is constructed of composite material, and hence weighs less than 200 pounds (90.7 kg), folds flat and can be assembled with a single spanner by two people in less than 30 minutes.

Anthony has been a professional building designer for twenty years, but with the depressed housing market in his native North Carolina of the last several years and his recognition of the need for no-compromise efficiency in portable emergency housing, he devoted much of his time over the last few years to develop a system to mitigate the problem.

"This whole thing started from my desire to get involved in supporting relief efforts with disasters throughout the world," Anthony told Gizmag. "I wanted to help so I looked for weakness in disaster response and clearly saw where temporary housing was a problem looking for a low cost but durable solution."

The current design is a folding shelter system which expands to 8' x 8' x 8' of living space and can be configured as long as 48 feet (14.6 meters). The simple transport trailer can be modified to carry up to four shelters along with off-grid support systems that tether with the shelters for extended use.

Weight was the primary design and development concern so the smallest offering comes in at under 200 pounds, utilizing a patent-pending lightweight composite panel system – another system he designed and developed to make assembly quick and easy for non-skilled labor.

“The shelter is simple, lightweight and portable,” said Anthony. “Traditional materials and methods have historically shown significant weakness, being complex and requiring skilled labor to assemble... Being extremely heavy, nearly all of them necessitate additional erection equipment and they’re costly in relation to energy consumption and transport and logistics. This system is designed and engineered to be a solution to the recurring weight to strength issues common among rapidly deployable shelter systems.

“The composite panel material is waterproof and carries an aged thermal resistance value of 6 to 6.5 per inch. It meets class one burn characteristics by not supporting a flame once the source has been removed... The structural integrity of the wall system is integral with the composite panel material and method of fabrication with extruded aluminum edges that fit over the front and rear wall panel edges providing the shape for the final 'cubed' form.

“The aluminum edge extrusions provide the most efficient strength to weight ratio compared to other composite systems. Everything is 'pieced' and/or 'sectioned' to fit inside the floor cavity with the total weight being just less than 200 lbs... The weight savings are secondary to the transportability which was the primary design objective. By making the building collapsible, there’s no transporting of 'dead air' space. The trailer frame can be modified to carry whatever environmental support systems the end user requires, allowing the shelter to be connected to critical support systems by tethered cabling."

The ingenious Anthony Emergency Housing System

Anthony's concept is adaptable to many situations, ranging from emergency sheltering to mobile medical treatment stations, temporary field offices, forward operations facilities, plus many more only limited by imagination.

“Because of its light weight it may be packaged in multiple numbers and air dropped to remote locations with graphical instructions to assist with the assembly of the units," he explained. "Particular attention was spent on the collapsed size of the unit to facilitate low cost, long term storage and staging requiring less real-estate per unit, increasing the quantity available for rapid deployment.”

From my perspective, it's a winner, and one which might make a huge difference to outcomes in disaster situations. What's more, Peter hasn't yet finished.

"I am currently working on a solution for the unsanitary conditions present in all disaster areas that will incorporate this panel technology along with the folding/collapsing nature of the design for a self-contained dry toilet with a gravity fed water filtration system," he said. "The waste treatment system uses fermentation composting allowing the end user to apply the compost to soils within 90 days. The solids and liquid wastes are diverted and separated for the best composting efficiency."

Peter is seeking suitable investment partners to provide seed or grant funding, so the product can be made ready for the market. Interested parties can reach him by email.

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9 Comments

90KG!!! that is massive.

he would do better to use white PVC laminate with 3 layers, it is rigid, 500g m2, would have better insulation properties, and be of recycled materials. at the tropics a main concern is the sun. for a 3rd of the weight he could do a version with a canopy for shade and fasten it down with sandbags.

ant stewart

Antony Innit
9th November, 2010 @ 10:18 pm PST

"The frightening increase in the incidence of natural disasters"

Good grief, what ignorance! Natural disasters are still occurring at exactly the same rate as always. It just seems like more are occurring because more people are being affected due to the population growing larger. The writer of this article should go look up "confirmation bias".

Valis
10th November, 2010 @ 04:28 am PST

Huh? You're talking about hard wall roof housing here, not a tent! A house for only 200 pounds of weight? That's nothing!

stimpy77
10th November, 2010 @ 04:51 am PST

I'd rather a tent

Don Bill
10th November, 2010 @ 05:45 am PST

It's a great idea, but seeing how it's made of composite materials I have questions about its durability.

Pros: light, easily transportable

Cons: Durability, recyclable

Steel Containers on the other hand already exist, and are being used as housing everywhere

http://www.fabprefab.com/fabfiles/containerbayhome.htm

Tom Phoghat Sobieski
10th November, 2010 @ 06:38 am PST

The Anthony concept is long overdue. And we don't have to wait for Mother Nature's calamities to use them. There are plenty of U.S. homeless (Veteran's Day tomorrow)

including a disgraceful percentage of veterans. Set a few dozen of them up as Bush-Obamavilles. And while we're at it, because so many devastated areas don't have power or clean water, include a photovoltaic roof and a water vapor reclaimer with each unit. It will jack up the price some, but really be useful as an emergency shelter (emergency needs may not be more frequent but they affect more people and seem to last 'forever'). Well done, Anthony!

jrup
10th November, 2010 @ 12:41 pm PST

@Valis. Yup. Confirmation bias on the part of the greenies. There's absolutely zero trend up or down in natural disasters, especially with hurricanes, cyclones and other types of tropical storms. The numbers and strength and damage are 100% random. The deadliest storm in US history struck Galveston, Texas in 1900, killing around 3,000. 110 years ago. That quite smartly puts the smack down on any claims of storms becoming 'deadlier' due to "global warming".

Climate is very chaotic due to so many variable effects that drive it. The steadiest is the sun's input, with its approximately 11 year min to max (or max to min) cycle. However that cycle has had periods of extended minimum activity (which it is in *right now*) as well as periods of higher than 'normal' activity. Of course setting what is 'normal' solar activity is high speculation since extensive sunspot record keeping only began in the 1600's and observation of non-visible solar radiation is mostly less than 40 years in duration.

Do some research on this. The estimated energy unleashed by hurricane Katrina during its week as a category 5 storm was 500 terawatts. Look up the estimated total energy use per year of the entire human race, then the total amount of solar energy Earth intercepts every second. (Just what actually hits Earth, not the *total* solar output.) You'll find that just the infrared (heat) from the sun hitting Earth in a single second is far more than Katrina managed to toss around in a week, and that it'd take 15 to 20 years for all humanity to use as much energy as nature expended on Katrina.

Do the math and there's no possible conclusion other than the human caused climate change chicken littles are full of crap.

Facebook User
10th November, 2010 @ 07:35 pm PST

How about inflatable igloo shapes, sprayed with expanding foam, then when it has set, remove the igloo? Instant shelter! Foam chemicals are compact until initiated.

windykites1
11th November, 2010 @ 08:52 am PST

In response to the green-bashing done by mr. facebook user, and someone else pointing out an irrelevant point in the article that natural disasters are increasing...

Can you just concede that more PEOPLE are affected by these disasters than ever? I wont bother you with research studies about population increase, or the average numbers of people per household. If you want to go online and spout your opinion about global warming, like it matters to anyone, go to a political website and join the millions of other people who are correct in everything that they say.

karlmalowned
16th November, 2010 @ 07:04 pm PST
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