French Engineer Invents Ingenious Shelters For The Homeless That Retain Heat During Winter
Published in Jan 2020 / Updated in Aug 2021
By having these shelters, the homeless can live a less stressful and more secure life than they’ve ever lived before.
With winter getting harsher every year, it’s impossible not to worry about the homeless.
Sure, having a safe, warm home to come back to every evening is great. We’re always surrounded by positivity, family, and hope for a brighter tomorrow.
Perhaps it’s due to this comfort that we tend to ignore or even forget the less fortunate in our neighborhoods.
Let’s take the homeless, for example. While we sit thinking about what a horrifying life they may lead in the street amid winter, one kind-hearted man dared to inspire us all.
This frost and snow season, a French engineer, who believes in kindness towards humanity, has invented the one thing people on the streets lack— a safe home.
Inspired by Europe’s freakishly freezing temperatures, Geoffroy de Reynal, MSc in Energy Engineering, found a way that’ll give people living in the streets something to smile about.
Today, there are more than 3,000 homeless people in Paris, and Geoffroy has wonderfully stepped in to help.
While working as a quality manager in various construction sites, he decided to put in his skill and knowledge to address this social issue.
He created a pop-up Igloo-alike home, which can serve as a remote home for those who can’t afford a permanent roof on their heads.
The igloo can be set up anywhere in the outdoors and can accommodate one person. It’s made with polyethylene foam and layered with aluminum foil.
This double layer prevents the chilly temperatures from affecting the interiors, as it remains around 15° warmer than the outside. They’re also can easily set up, are waterproof, repairable, and recyclable.
Geoffroy dubbed his invention – the ‘Iglou.’ But wait, there’s more!
The shelter has “thermal insulation inside, which elevates the inner body temperature by 200C.” On top of it all, it has mini “solar lighting, which adds more in privacy and managing the light.”
The designer initially tested nine of these shelters across Bordeaux, France. In partnership with a French NGO, Médecins du Monde, the Iglou turned out to be quite a success, and suddenly, every homeless person wanted one as well.
For now, the Iglou is compact due to emergency reasons, but the inventor plans to make it larger and even fit showers in it too.
Currently, the project is crowdfunded, and the designer wishes to create thousands of igloos and reach more homeless people.