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Manuals | May 13, 2013

Step-by-Step Guide to Shelter Construction

West Bengal Flood-Resistant Shelter Pilot Program

This manual describes how to build disaster-resistant shelters. Catholic Relief Services used this guide to build flood-resistant shelters in West Bengal.


  • Document Overview and Purpose

  • Phase One: Site Preparation and Excavation

  • Phase Two: Precast Reinforce Concrete Pillar Placement, Attachment of Top Plates and Cross-Bracing, and Assembly of Roof Structure

  • Phase Three: Plinth Construction

  • Phase Four: Attachment of CGI Roof Sheets

  • Phase Five: Bamboo Wall Sheathing Attachment