Sunday, December 2, 2012

Floating Homes: The Solution to Flooding?

United Kingdom's Environmental Agency hopes to introduce floating homes to some parts of the country for better protection against floods.

In early 2012, the agency supported the plan of the architecture company, Baca Architects, to make a floating home structure in Buckinghamshire, a place located approximately 40 miles NW of London.

While the plan was solidified in February, the flooding that took place recently in the UK, which has displaced over 900 individuals from their houses, is motivating construction workers to complete this project the soonest time possible. 

The underworks of the house will be sitting on a platform above hollow pontoons, which are made from timber and concrete.  Once the place floods, this house will become a free-floating pontoon. During severe flooding, the house will have the ability to rise 8 feet above its original position. The pipes for gas, electricity, sewage and water will keep running even if the structure rises. 

But there's a catch. The estimated price of the house is $2.4 million.

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