Temporary lodging was never this secure.

Imagine that your house was destroyed during a natural disaster such as a tornado or a terrorist attack. What would you do? Where would you and your family go? What would you do for shelter?

Even with a lot of help, building another structure in which your family could live temporarily would probably require a minimum of a couple of weeks, and it certainly would not be durable enough to handle an ongoing disaster or explosions. But a new technology that enables the fabric of canvas to become as strong as concrete could solve this problem.

A Concrete Canvas Shelter (CCS) is a rapidly deployable, hardened shelter that requires only water and air for construction. Two people with little to no training can set it up in about one hour and use it in 24 hours. This inflatable concrete building is made of a pliable form of canvas that hardens once it is hydrated and set up in the form of an 82-square foot or 164-square foot structure.

The CCS is delivered folded in polyethylene, airtight, water and rot-proof sacks. An electric fan inflates the structure, which is pegged down with ground anchors around the base. It is then hydrated by spraying water on it. The fireproof structure includes hard-shell, lockable doors for security. It’s designed to protect people, food and water, and equipment from weather, shrapnel, blasts and small arms fire.

This  short video that explains and shows how it works. This type of structure would not only protect a group of people from the elements or armed enemies, but could also be used for group disaster relief or frontline operations. It can also be insulated with earth or snow placed against the outside building walls. 

How would you like to have the assurance that even if your home was destroyed, you could have a sturdy, safe and secure structure built and ready to use within 24 hours? I think that would feel pretty good. Have you had any experience with these types of structures? If so, what is your opinion of them? If not, what do you see as the upsides and the downsides of such a structure? I’d love to hear from you about this interesting concept.

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