Dutch building floating homes

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    After reading the article, I’m torn as to whether or not this is a good idea.


    How are the communities governed?


    Who provides the utilities?


    I see solar panels but what about power when there’s no sun?

    How about all the services that comprise a community? Schools, churches, shops, restaurants, and other businesses?

    The most tried and tested way to build in flood-risk areas is to lift the house off the ground. Humans have been building homes on stilts for millennia, and this technique is still popular in south-east Asia, Central America and Brazil.

    More modern techniques include building on a raised platform like a beach house – a familiar sight in my wife’s native Australia – or simply on banks of earth or concrete. Of course this approach requires an element of second guessing: you need to build the accommodation above the level any floodwater will reach.

    But the latest technology solves this problem: houses that float and rise with the floodwaters.

    There’s a lot more to the article and a Google Search provides some amazing pictures of such homes.


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    @ How to build a climate-proof home that never floods
     
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    Auxiliary power?
     
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    Given that 1/3 of the land in Holland is below sea level ... having a house that floats seems like a really good idea.
     

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