Engineer designs ‘igloo’ shelters to keep homeless warm in winter

Engineer designs ‘igloo’ shelters to keep homeless warm in winter
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[Ed. – A better mousetrap. It would be far more humane than the current solution — doing nothing — and a sight better-looking than the makeshift shelters currently used by the homeless.]

A French engineer has invented inexpensive, waterproof, heat-retaining shelters for the homeless.

After living in Montenegro for a year, where there was hardly any homelessness, Geoffroy de Reynal was disturbed by the number of people he saw sleeping on the streets in the cold when he came back to France.

So he decided to put his engineering degree to work and come up with a simple, but brilliant solution — little igloos, the size of a one-man tent, but much warmer.

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The walls are made from polyethylene foam and wrapped in aluminum foil, inexpensive materials that together are capable of retaining body and keeping the shelters about 60 degrees Fahrenheit warmer inside than out.

They’re also waterproof, helping the homeless stay dry as well as warm.

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