The guide presents a series of design principles, a user friendly design decision tool, and a library of recommended designs. All content is based on scientific evidence, physical testing, surveys, and expert analysis.
The guide is intended to support improved decision making in the design of shelters and shelter programs in an effort to enhance flood resilience. The guide provides construction tips and notes. While there may be broader applications of the guide, its specific purpose is to inform best practice in the planning, design and construction of flood resilient ‘One Room Shelters’ in southern Pakistan.
The guide is primarily intended for use in the post disaster context, but is also applicable for disaster risk reduction planning. In this context, the term shelter is used to describe semi-permanent one room houses with a design life of 5 to 15 years. Key Pakistan Shelter Cluster organisations collaborated in the development of the guide, and this process has been encouraged by the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA).
This guide was developed with the support of the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM). The Pakistan Shelter Cluster and Technical Advisory Group contributed invaluable feedback and criticism throughout the process.
Survey teams in Pakistan and the NED University helped to establish the evidence base which forms the basis
of the Pakistan Shelter Guide and associated Research Report. Peda International coordinated the survey teams and NED University established a new material testing facility as part of this research. Arup and experts from other organisations provided input and feedback on the analysis and evaluation of designs to improve flood resilience in Sindh
There are two related research reports:
- Improved Shelters for Responding to Floods in Pakistan. Phase 1: Study to Develop a Research Methodology
- Flood Resilient Shelter in Pakistan : Phase 2: Evidence Based Research
ARUP; International Organization for Migration (IOM). (2017). Pakistan Shelter Guide: Design for improved flood resilience in Sindh. ARUP, London/International Organization for Migration (IOM), Islamabad, Pakistan