Faculty Advisor

Nikitina, Svetlana

Faculty Advisor

Robertson, Thomas B.


NAMIBIA / Namibia Project Center


The metal shacks of Katutura are unbearably hot in the summer and cold in winter. The goal of this project was to develop sustainable paper insulation to improve thermal regulation in shacks. We conducted testing on fire safety, effective insulating materials, and production techniques. To develop a background of social and technical understanding, we researched low-cost insulation projects and interviewed several members of the community. In collaboration with Katutura residents and members of the Men on the Side of the Road Project, we developed an effective prototype of the paper insulation sheet. We provided recommendations for the Men on the Side of the Road Project to support continued research, large-scale testing, and further development of paper insulation.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2012

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts