Japanese Company Invents Flood-Proof Floating Houses

Whether you believe in climate change or not, the loss of housing due to floods is an undeniable issue all over the world, and while engineers and architects have been trying to find solutions, few have actually proven effective. Now, record-setting Japanese house developer Ichijo Komuten claims to have come up with an answer to keep people’s homes from getting flooded and/or swept away by floods. Their new flood-resistant house is connected to a number of thick rods sticking out of the ground, with thick cables that ensure it stays in place as the water floods past. When the waters recede, the floating house comes back down to its original position. The house also features special vents that close up in the event of flooding, and the plumbing also has special valves that prevent water from getting into the home. Electrical equipment like air-conditioning is positioned on the upper half of the building to ensure the water doesn’t reach it. Most homes flood when water reaches the window level, but because the flood-resistant house can float up to 16 feet above the ground, water is unlikely to reach the windows, and everything else is sealed shut. Clients looking to have a new house built with Ichijo Komuten can opt to have the system built in with an additional cost of just $5,700. 
Living room on the left without Ichijo Komuten, while living room on the right with Ichijo Komuten remains dry.