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11 September 2012 :: 21:09:51 pm 66482

Floating Homes Proposed For Future Floods

After the devastating floods of last year, the National Housing Authority is envisioning a new type of “amphibious” home that will rise to float on the water during floods. Model homes being built in a province near Bangkok will be ready for testing by the end of the year.
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BANGKOK – September 10, 2012 [Pattaya Daily News]; a new type of “amphibious” home that can float during floods is being built by a private company as a test project, said the director of National Housing Authority, Mr. Vithun Jeasakul.

Research is underway for the new construction technology, design and construction material for the ready-made amphibious house to deal with future disasters and protect lives and property. The homes are envisioned to be used in high-risk flooding areas.

Due to global warming and rising seas, it is predicted that Bangkok will eventually end up partially or entirely submerged underwater by the end of the century.

If this occurs, Bangkok may be returning to its mid-19th century past, when nearly all Bangkok residents lived in houses built atop stilts or rafts.

A new construction system is being used for the amphibious homes, divided into two parts: the first part involves digging underground and creating the foundation and structure to support the home. The second part involves pre-constructing in the factory the modular parts of the home, such as walls, doors and windows. The finished products are later transported and installed at the construction site. This two-part construction method speeds up the home-building process.

The homes will rest on a steel framework built to support a hollow foundation, like the hull of the ship. When a flood arrives, the foundation will lift the house to float on the water.

Backup systems for rainwater collection, solar and wind power systems will allow each home to function even if city utilities fail.

Ideally, as the buildings float, no property is lost or damaged, and people can continue to live as normal, but traveling by boat rather than by foot

Several models of amphibious houses are being built at Uaharthon Ayudhaya (Rojjana), Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Province. The model home being built in a 100 square meter area. The 2-story house consists of a living room, kitchen, storage room, 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. It is priced at approximately1.5 million THB.

It is designed to have the appearance of a regular house, but its underground foundation can bear the heavy weight and a pit to support water for allowing the house to float if flooding occurs. Latest energy-saving and climate control designs are incorporated by installing thermal insulation in the south and west-facing walls to shield against hot solar radiation.

Portable systems will also generate electricity from solar energy and wind energy. Rain water will be collected by roof catchment systems for fresh water supplies.

When the construction and the testing of amphibious house project are completed, the National Housing Authority has plans to start building amphibious home communities in high-risk flooding areas.

Presently the model homes are about 50 percent complete, and the Housing Authority expects to be able to test all systems by the end of the year.

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