(Courtesy of the University of Cambridge)
Keeping out the cold: Engineer’s humanitarian mission to insulate thousands of bomb and bullet-damaged homes in Ukraine
A window that takes 15 minutes to build – designed by a Hughes Hall PhD student who has paused his studies – is transforming the lives of families in Ukraine, by helping them repair bullet and bomb-damaged windows and insulate their freezing homes.
Engineer Harry Blakiston Houston created the window – and the ‘Insulate Ukraine’ project – as a simple way to make a huge difference to those in liberated areas of Ukraine who have been left picking up the pieces following Russian retreats. The concept uses ‘triple-glazed’ polyethylene to protect against the cold, costs around £12 per square meter of window, and can be built at home in quarter of an hour from basic materials.