Tafline Laylin

The F9 Flood-Proof House Stands Tall Above Rising Tides

by , 06/01/11

disaster proof design, green design, eco-design, sustainable development, flood plain, natural disasters, rainwater harvest, solar power, daylighting

F9 Productions recently unveiled plans for a sturdy, sustainably built home that is designed to withstand flooding and provide a safe haven when natural disaster strikes. Raised high above the ground and built with durable reused materials, the little home features solar panels to provide electricity while the sun shines, a fireplace keeps the home warm, and it takes advantage of large windows and skylights to save energy and provide light in the event that electricity is cut.

disaster proof design, green design, eco-design, sustainable development, flood plain, natural disasters, rainwater harvest, solar power, daylighting

There are many other advantages to the F9 home. An angled roof harvests rainwater for collection in water cisterns, a skylight permits plenty of light to enter the home, storage areas are nicely tucked away so that nothing will get tossed around the house, and the main rooms (and appliances) are elevated to ensure that they will not be impacted when river levels rise.

A fireplace provides heat in the absence of either electricity or sun, cars will be tucked below the house, and translucent glass skirts the home to ensure an adequate amount of privacy. If I lived in a flood zone, I’d pick this home.

+ F9 Productions

Via Arch Daily

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3 Comments

  1. Tafline Laylin Tafline Laylin June 2, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    Thanks gents. Agreed, 100%. I grew up in a South African village along the “Klip River.” It floods all the time. Last year, it was so bad that many people who had lived in the village for decades lost all of their belongings, etc. They are still trying to recover. These cases are definitely escalating.

  2. caeman June 2, 2011 at 9:08 am

    If you live a in a flood plain, it should be required to build a house on legs. It may increase the cost of initial construction, but it will later save money for everyone…the state, the owners, the insurance companies. Most of New Orleans should be rebuilt in stilts.

  3. lazyreader June 2, 2011 at 8:29 am

    Lots of people have houses elevated on poles or have no real foundation. Something we should take greater interest in. Whether you believe in climate change or not……..floods do happen and have happened. And living near a river or below sea level makes having a home with a basement a liability.

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