Floating Houses

Due to their manner of construction, floating houses and arks can
offer an answer to the more solvable problems of global climate change,
which are going to be particularly noticeable in the realm of hydrology.

Worldwide, there are at present only a few examples of floating houses
which also demonstrate how climate protection can be dealt with.

Where, if not in an Ark, can people better see the connection between their individual consumption patterns and global environment change whilst simultaneously using energy- and ressource-efficient alternatives, which push their ideas of survivability in the direction of sustainability?

With regard to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, setting an example of sustainable consumption patterns and behaviour with
floating houses thus requires, above all, energy saving measures and,
as a "getting away from oil and gas"-strategy, a complete transfer to renewable energies.

In the global perspective, climate protection is a social concern, demanding a zero-emissions approach. The Living on Water example
in Kiel impressively demonstrates the "from knowledge to action" strategy.

Awardwinning zero emission Floating Homes, designed by (source:

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    Short description of measure

    Problem to be solved: Reduction of areas suitable for housing due to enlarged riverbeds; no more space available for water retention in urban planning

    Goal, potential objective: Urban development

    Developmental steps: Different types of floating houses already exist in the Netherlands; development of floating cities in progress

    Instruments, implementation mechanism: Local regulations, infrastructure

    Area of implementation: Local, regional

    Responsibilities: Local authorities, water management authorities

    Time horizon: Short term

    Economic aspects: Living on or nearby the water is an added value; houses may be more expensive, but lower energy costs (heat exchange)

    Promoters, obstacles, risks: Not feasible for all areas and all basin types; large differences in water temperature (ecological disturbance)

    Side effects: Reduction of area designated for agriculture

    Bridge to mitigation: Less heating in winter and less cooling in summer due to heat exchange (heat pump)