Sheltersuit

A small but effective shelter.

Sheltersuit

Sheltersuit is a Dutch organization: it is a suit created by designer Bas Timmer. The suit is a waterproof and windproof coat which can be transformed into a sleeping bag. You simply zip the sleeping bag onto the coat and your whole body is protected against the elements.

During the day the sleeping bag can be stored in a special backpack. The suits are given to the homeless for free.

Sheltersuit Factory

The Sheltersuit social workplace produces with refugees, jobless people and volunteers to (re-)integrate them into society. A full circle social project. In social terms, this organization embodies what design can do; it inspires, connects and activates people.

It is all about people helping people, as they put it. That’s why Sheltersuit:

  • facilitates education, jobcoaching (re-)integration, food and warmth.
  • invests in jobs for our volunteers within our organisation.
  • gives away large numbers of Sheltersuits to those who need them.

The suit

A small but effective shelter.

We developed the suit as a short-term solution for a big problem. Although it does not solve being homeless, it does prevent people from freezing to death.

We believe every single human live matters and therefore everybody deserves a small shelter when they need one.

Every suit consists of:

  • Big hoody
  • Integrated scarf
  • Lightweight and warm insulation
  • Big pockets
  • Strong cuffs with windbreakers
  • Zippable sleeping-bag
  • Wind- and waterproof, breathable fabric
  • A sleeping-bag which can be transformed into a larger warm blanket
  • The suit has an opening at the bottom in case the user needs to move fast
learn more about sheltersuit at dudoc vancouver

Are you interested in learning more about Sheltersuit, the suit and the factory? Come by Dudoc Vancouver at 1489 Frances Street. The team will happily answer any question you may have and will offer you the opportunity to wear a suit to understand the suit better.

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In 2017, Dudoc Vancouver welcomed its Dutch partner Duraflow.

Duraflow

Duraflow offers an innovative climate control system for buildings. By applying phase changing materials (PCM) intelligently, Duraflow stabilizes the indoor temperature and greatly reduces the power that is needed for heating and cooling. The energy savings result in reduced CO2-emmissions and decreased maintenance to the climate installation. Duraflow’s installation can be applied to many situations. These include office automation, renovation, and construction of buildings and they are particularly effective in data centres.

Phase Changing Materials

The innovative installation works with PCM. The best-known PCM is water, with well-known phase changing from solid to liquid at 0 degrees Celsius. The exclusive technical PCM-material that Duraflow frequently uses is based on a water/salt solution. They can melt and congeal these solutions at any desired temperature.

PCM-materials can store heat. This heat is transferred from the space to the wrapped PCM-material. The heat is being transferred from the PCM-material to the space as well. It is important that the heat exchange is established in such a way that the PCM-material changes controllably from solid to liquid and from liquid to solid. We created our own PCM-material, packaging and fill process. Our PCM is wrapped in HDPE-plastic panels. To determine the speed of charging and discharging we have created our own mathematical models. These models are subsequently re-measured in the measurement room of Autarkis in cooperation with our German PCM knowledge platform the RAL-Gütegemeinschaft to best suit each situation.

Method

Duraflow is a 100% Dutch company that also works with 100% Dutch partners on systems which are available internationally. Duraflow and our partners are aligned with the most important PCM-knowledge institutes. We offer our products and our services as a complete package. We can install, commission and guarantee a long-lasting operation of our products at your location, under your own management. To realize this, Duraflow works together with partners. Among them are specialists in the field of consulting, installation design, interior design, control engineering, sustainability, energy supply, and outfitting and assembling.

Warranty and the life span

Duraflow conforms to a quality assurance, which is defined as the 10,000 cycles test as determined by the RAL-Gütegemeinschaft. This means that the PCM should function for 90% after 10,000 times of completely transferring from or to the PCM material. By applying more PCM, the 10,000 cycle starts with 110% PCM. Our mathematical models and tests show that with a normal application of PCM in offices, the 10,000 cycles will be reached after approximately 25 years and after approximately 100 years in data centres.

Dudoc Vancouver is proud to call The Belgian House our partner.

Founded by Marianne Cauwels and her daughter Ines Van Goethem in 2016, they describe Belgian design as playful, personal and rather extraordinary. As a team, they ensure craftsmanship and quality in all the products they offer.

Belgium is located in the centre of Europe and has had the unique opportunity to absorb the best of European design. The Belgian House was an idea that developed over time. Marianne was always in the know about what was happening in the creative industry in Belgium and met many designers and artists personally. That raised a question. Why are they not out there? Why do I not see these people in other cities? And why, if they are represented in an international city, are they not labeled Belgian?

Marianne contacted all of these designers and artists suggesting they work together. All the designers currently featured, they have known for a long time which is why they can assure customers of the quality, the artist’s dedication to their work and their ethical production runs.

Our first supplier was Que Onda Vos, founded by Hanne De Wyngeart. She knew she wanted to make a difference with her company and discovered her product while travelling through Guatemala. She fell in love with the Guatemalan weaving culture and asked a small family there to work with her. Hanne designs her carpets and send them to Guatemala and then the family is able to edit the designs to show Guatemalan culture. They use 100% wool and natural dyes to make their products. Read more about her here.

In the last year we have been going on to represent Domani, AP collection, Henry Dean, Bulo, DV Design and others.

Our latest addition is DCEMBER bags, a young start up by a mom who was inspired by her children. She designs purses/bags which can be customized to you. You can pick leather or canvas, short strap or long strap, wide flap or thin flap, regular flap or creative flap, … You can find her products here.

Professionals and the public are welcome to come and see some of these innovative Belgian designs at Dudoc Vancouver or online at https://www.thebelgianhouse.ca.

 

Priva creates a climate for growth. Whether companies want to improve operating results, maximize crop yields or find the ideal living and working environment, the products and services for process optimization allow them to perform at a high level.

Priva leads the way in the development and production of technology for the optimization of environmental conditions and process management. The company develops hardware and software and supply services for process management and climate control in non-residential buildings, in horticulture and in industry.

Priva offers businesses a broad overview of the crucial operating processes, giving them insight and enabling them to retain optimal control of their processes. This facilitates sustainable returns and helps create ecologically sound living and working environments that anticipate the physical and mental needs of people plants and animals, thus increasing well-being all around.

For Priva, everything revolves around people. When you let people use their talents and give them plenty of room for development, it brings out the best in Priva’s people, in the people of the Priva partners, dealers and end users. We link people together in productive ways. The knowledge, experience and energy released in the process is used as input and inspiration for Priva’s shared development. This creates a climate of mutual respect and commitment in which growth and development go hand in hand.

Earth Charter Cities is a collaborative movement that brings together passionate amateurs, experts, organizations and frameworks from across the world to inspire exponential improvements in principle areas of the Earth Charter and Earth Charter Cities Manifesto.

The Earth Charter Cities Manifesto is a call to action for all of us. It was developed by Gerben van Straaten of World of Walas to help communities realize the Earth Charter. After an almost 2 year drafting process with key stakeholders of the Earth Charter, the Earth Charter Cities Manifesto was launched in The Hague in 2010.

Dudoc Vancouver has the Earth Charter as its fundamental principle. We are proud to be the voice of Earth Charter Cities in Canada.

 

When Basten Leijh of Bleijh created the first concept of the Sandwichbike there was no way of knowing the road it was going to take. Thanks to the continual enthusiastic online interest in the concept, the Sandwichbike remained on the drawing table, even in the years when other projects demanded Bleijh’s attention. After much hard work, the Sandwichbike can be pre-ordered and last fall the first two bikes were shipped and delivered at Dudoc Vancouver.

Inspired by the concept of flat packing and home assembly, Basten Leijh of Bleijh, together with Pieter Janssen, designed a bike made out of two wooden plates. Apart from the obvious advantages flat packing has for shipment, the use of two wooden plates gives freedom of printing and cutting techniques, making it possible to give each bicycle its own unique identity.

The Sandwichbike is true Dutch innovative design and for sale at Dudoc Vancouver.

 

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Tag Safety & Security (TS&S) is a leading company for wireless security. With their design, manufacture and deployment of wireless security systems, they cover many applications in construction site security and building site security.

For temporary security needs, TS&S offers the most effective solution in terms of flexibility, efficiency and cost. The solutions offered use the most appropriate combination of detection for the site, all operating without the need for permanent power supplies and using wireless and mobile network connectivity.

TS&S provides a complete security service to customers, from surveying and risk analysis to specifying the equipment solution. The installation and maintenance of the equipment together with monitoring and rapid response security service all combines to make the service delivery the most complete one-stop-shop service available.

Hotsofa

Hotsofa transforms a radiator into a comfortable seating area, creating a warm gathering spot beside the window. It’s the only sofa that makes space instead of taking it up!

Hotsofa has become an instant classic thanks to its unique design. Each sofa has its own serial number and the designer’s signature. It is Dutch Design, produced in the Netherlands and now you are able to buy your own unique sofa at Dudoc Vancouver.

As a designer, Co de Smalen is always looking for functional designs that will fill our modern lives with pleasure. And best of all is to discover a meaningful product application that nobody has yet thought of. This was the case with Hotsofa. Many people seeing the sofa for the first time can’t believe that it’s actually a novelty. That’s why Co’s design motto is: “Good things seem to have existed forever”.

Features

Customise to 5 meters
Hotsofa fits over heating elements up to 36 cm in height. The sofa is available in three standard lengths and can be customized to fit spaces up to 5 meters. The sofa is upholstered with Kvadrat fabrics.

Classic Design
The sofa has become an instant classic thanks to its unique design. Each sofa has its own serial number and the designer’s signature. Hotsofa is Dutch Design, produced in the Netherlands.

Modulair design
Hotsofa is available in long sizes and can be fitted facing either direction. Museums, hotels, airports, offices and schools can all benefit from spacesaving seating!

Multifunctional
Equally at home in both modern and classic interiors. The sofa can easily be moved, and is the ideal spare seat for unexpected guests. With a seat height of 45 cm, Hotsofa can be pulled right up to the dining table.

Inside out
The sofa enhances the connection to the outdoors while transforming unusable space around radiators into functional and elegant seating.

Saving costs
It can provide a new life to unsightly radiators during building renovations, thus saving costs and contributing to sustainability.

See how it works here:

Walas has continued to look for ways to improve and build on the success of Carbon6. The CarbonBlue project offers a solution to further reduce the energy costs and reliance on the energy grid, and to transition to cleaner energy sources in a wholistic and integrative way.

The Walas team was concerned about the energy use of Carbon6 and tackled this problem with their signature creativity and systems thinking approach. Leveraging the spacious parking lot, they came up with a comprehensive solution. While parking space cannot be eliminated, mounting panels on an elevated structure that covers the lot will not only solve the problem of the solar panel placement, it can also provide filtered light during the day, capture rain water, clean the surrounding air and water, create jobs and provide a green retreat for the community, all while making the project economically profitable. New business models including a car wash and energy storage will add to the financial success.

The Carbon Blue project will feed the solar energy into the building as well as charging stations for electric vehicles, meeting an expected 30% of the energy demand of the Carbon 6 complex. The first solar structure is well under way, and already showing returns, with the remainder of the structure expected to be complete by the summer of 2017.

people first, not buildings

We believe that cities are about people, not buildings. We create vital cities and urban areas. We see the promise of worn down urban areas. Where others are blind to them, we bring them back to life. We love empty factories and other old building. We believe in their strength and the meaning of their souls. We think that people like to visit those places and experience them. We find those old buildings generous and believe they can be fantastic places for people to live, work, create and recreate. We are convinced that it is best to do this with the inhabitants and the new users. This vibrant, urban world is our stage to create a sustainable and vital city. Cities that are social, cultural and interactive, honest and just, economically as well as ecologically powerful, and therefore valuable and efficient.

 

Mission

We are driven by a passion for people. We want everyone in the city to enjoy life, work and recreation. Team Walas works on the city, our urban community of life, to make them vital, resilient and sustainable. We strive for enduring and respectful relationships, and for collaboration with anyone who wants to co-evolve. We want to share our ideas and our knowledge and we open our minds to those of others. We want to develop the best urban places and communities with access for all.

Our values are: creativity, sociality, sustainability, communication, connectivity, vitality, liveability, honesty and delivering value. We maintain the principles of the Earth Charter and the Earth Charter Cities Manifesto.

At Walas, we continuously works to improve our knowledge and best practice. We focus on targets, results, and people.

Partners

Our select European partners offer top innovations for sustainable buildlings and design.