Is concrete the answer to flood-proof houses?

The UK’s 2018 climate projections warn that rising temperatures, rising sea levels and more extreme weather will be taken for granted in the coming decades. Where we live and what houses we now live in must change to protect us from these threats.

Concrete has become an increasingly popular answer for limiting loss of life and property damage due to extreme weather events. In fact, Dutch architects may have found the solution for flood-proof homes, designing homes that have a floating, air-filled concrete floor rather than traditional foundations that anchor them to the ground.

Read on: The case for concrete houses

An article in the Guardian explains that some are destined to swim all day and are banded together into swimming communities that sit on the water of a lake. Others are amphibious, designed so that they sit on Terra Ferma most of the time but can swim safely during floods.

However, the author of the article also notes that such technology is expensive – building amphibious houses costs about 20% more than a traditional design. In contrast, however, the author says that the Shire is cheap, so technologies that enable the safe construction of homes in areas that were previously banned could make good business sense for private developers and spur the construction of thousands of affordable, non-floodable homes.

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