Universal Insulation by the meter
Instant Windows offers an easy and inexpensive way for affected populations to replace broken windows in their homes. Our translucent double-layer plastic sheet (patent pending) lets in daylight while providing insulation against the elements.
The primary goal of the Instant Windows project is to overcome the barriers to repair homes that face affected populations in crisis situations. Instant Windows are specially designed to be easily transportable and usable in any situation, making them accessible to those in need even when classic markets fail.
The project focuses on the following four core parameters:
Affordability: The use of low cost materials and production processes make Instant Windows accessible even under severe financial pressure and render them an attractive tool for organisations mandated to support affected populations.
Optimised Logistics: Instant Windows are stored on efficient roles and add the insulating layer of air only once installed. This minimises their volume during transport and storage.
Self-Installation: Instant Windows are developed with great usability being a primary concern. People are empowered to react themselves with a kit that makes do-it-yourself repair an easy process.
Non-permanence: Instant Windows do not require permanent structural changes to buildings but are easily removable if necessary.
by the meter
Application in the field of humanitarian aid presents a particular set of requirements for a new product: it needs to be universal, easy to use, cost-effective, compact and lightweight for straightforward storage and transport.
What makes Instant Windows so unique is the internal mechanism in between the two layers of plastic sheeting: the space that forms the insulating air pocket easily folds flat, meaning that it can be stored and shipped in a convenient roll. Any size or shape can then be cut from the sheet using just a pair of scissors.
As part of the development process, the Instant Windows underwent rigorous testing in both real-life and lab environments to ensure that the product was of the highest technical standard and was suitable for its intended purpose.
DEVELOPED WITH REAL PEOPLE IN MIND
The straightforward zip-lock mechanism means installing Instant Windows is self-explanatory. Once they have been cut to size, they can be stuck in place, unzipped to allow the insulating air pocket to form and then sealed using strong adhesive tape.