24 Nov, 2017

These hurricane-proof floating homes are packed with green features

These hurricane-proof floating homes are packed with green features

Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency | UNITED STATES | 27 Oct, 2017
Published by : Eco Media Asia

These solar-powered, zero-emissions floating homes are packed with green goodness. Designed by Dutch architect Koen Olthuis with Waterstudio in collaboration with Arkup, an “avant-garde life on water” company based in Miami, the livable yachts operate 100% off the grid and feature waste management, rainwater harvesting and water purification systems.

The 4,350-square-foot homes are equipped with 30 kW of solar panels, 1,000 kWh of lithium-ion batteries and high-grade insulation. They are also extremely safe and, thanks to the inclusion of self-elevating systems, they can withstand high winds, floods and hurricanes.

The 40-foot-long hydraulic legs can stabilize the floating homes or even lift them out of the water. If you want to relocate, two 136 horsepower electric thrusters can move the structure at 7 knots.

Rainwater is collected from the roof, stored in the hull, and purified to ensure complete water autonomy. The 24×12 foot sliding terrace adds plenty of integrated outdoor space and is surrounded by shock-resistant glass panels, while a smart communications system (including satellite TV and WI-FI antennas, LTE and VHF) allows you to stay connected at all times.

Article from inhabitat.com

by Lidija Grozdanic