Video | Business Headlines | Internet | Science | Scientific Ethics | Technology | Search

 


Floating House for flood prone areas: Project Noah

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: (Monday 13 Sept 04)

NEW: Floating House for flood prone areas : Project Noah

Auckland, NZ – Energy Efficient Homes Ltd., of Auckland NZ will announce at the forthcoming 2004 Auckland Home Show, its preliminary development of a home designed to float in the event of flooding. This home will be the first of several such homes of various sizes to be adapted to buoyancy. The Model name of the first home is appropriately named “Thames”, with two versions of the Thames under development.

The concept design is based on the fact that the majority of homes in a flood do not get washed away, but rather suffer physically/emotionally debilitating and expensive damage due to floodwater incursion. Homeowners, insurance companies, and businesses will be the main beneficiaries of this new technology. Reduced insurance premiums in flood prone areas may be a long term advantage.

Cost is expected to be only nominally higher to add the flotation capacity. Indications are the basic shell of the 124 SqM prototype will retail for about $110k, Ex Akl, plus the concrete foundation.

Ron Theaker, CEO & MD or Energy Efficient homes Limited said: “We currently have over 150 Energy Efficient designs, and we estimate over 30% of our single story designs should be adaptable to this system.”

In practice, all EEH homes are designed to be extremely strong; this is a pre-requirement for a home that might float. The flood proof houses are built using large 8x8 piers buried and concreted 5M into the ground. The house is then built around the piers and on top of a reinforced, injected in place, construction grade Styrofoam base. EEH will market the design and shell materials (only) to build the home.

In the event of a flood, the home floats on the large Styrofoam base, rising up with the water level on the piers, which act as stabilisers. They also ensure the home settles back to the exact same spot. In the likely event of debris being caught under the home during a flood, the home can have auto-deploying stilts, or it can be jacked up after the fact, to clear away the detritus and ensure the vacuum breakers are clear. The maximum safe floating height will depend on design criteria, however minimum designed safe height (water depth) will be 2M.

Most utilities such as water and sewer will be designed to be flexible, while aerial cables such as power cables, will typically rise with the home.

The homes are designed to be safe in the event of flooding, however, they are not designed to be used as floating homes. The stability piers will withstand moderate moving water but are not designed to resist high-speed torrents. The lower timbers in the homes are all treated, and have many stainless steel attachments. Glued and screwed technology is also used when encapsulating the piers.

All EEH homes are super strong, up to 290% stronger than average homes, allowing EEH to re-engineer them to flood proof conditions. The floating version of the home includes all the standard Energy Efficient features of all EEH’s homes.

The preliminary home design will be on display at the Auckland home show, and post home show will be available for viewing on the EEH website: www.eehnz.com.


###

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Cosmetics & Pollution: Proposal To Ban Microbeads

Cosmetic products containing microbeads will be banned under a proposal announced by the Minister for the Environment today. Marine scientists have been advocating for a ban on the microplastics, which have been found to quickly enter waterways and harm marine life. More>>

ALSO:

NIWA: 2016 New Zealand’s Warmest Year On Record

Annual temperatures were above average (0.51°C to 1.20°C above the annual average) throughout the country, with very few locations observing near average temperatures (within 0.5°C of the annual average) or lower. The year 2016 was the warmest on record for New Zealand, based on NIWA’s seven-station series which begins in 1909. More>>

ALSO:

Farewell 2016: NZ Economy Flies Through 2016's Political Curveballs

Dec. 23 (BusinessDesk) - New Zealand's economy batted away some curly political curveballs of 2016 to end the year on a high note, with its twin planks of a booming construction sector and rampant tourism soon to be joined by a resurgent dairy industry. More>>

ALSO:


NZ Economy: More Growth Than Expected In 3rd Qtr

Dec. 22 (BusinessDesk) - New Zealand's economy grew at a faster pace than expected in the September quarter as a booming construction sector continued to underpin activity, spilling over into related building services, and was bolstered by tourism and transport ... More>>

  • NZ Govt - Solid growth for NZ despite fragile world economy
  • NZ Council of Trade Unions - Government needs to ensure economy raises living standards
  • KiwiRail Goes Deisel: Cans electric trains on partially electrified North Island trunkline

    Dec. 21 (BusinessDesk) – KiwiRail, the state-owned rail and freight operator, said a small fleet of electric trains on New Zealand’s North Island would be phased out over the next two years and replaced with diesel locomotives. More>>

  • KiwiRail - KiwiRail announces fleet decision on North Island line
  • Greens - Ditching electric trains massive step backwards
  • Labour - Bill English turns ‘Think Big’ into ‘Think Backwards’
  • First Union - Train drivers condemn KiwiRail’s return to “dirty diesel”
  • NZ First - KiwiRail Going Backwards for Xmas
  • NIWA: The Year's Top Science Findings

    Since 1972 NIWA has operated a Clean Air Monitoring Station at Baring Head, near Wellington... In June, Baring Head’s carbon dioxide readings officially passed 400 parts per million (ppm), a level last reached more than three million years ago. More>>

    ALSO:

    Get More From Scoop

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Sci-Tech
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news