Weather Proof Homes
Living With the Change…
A Presentation by
The weather today is changing due to human
activities and there is urgent need of building
structures that are safe and that can respond
to the change in environment
There are people all over the globe
working to provide solution to this constantly
growing problem of Housing and land shortage
Weather Proof Homes
Since the beginning of universe
there are always calamities and
disasters that have engulfed
the living organism. Even the
creation of earth was a result
of disaster that the Sun
underwent Disasters like The
2004 Indian Ocean earthquake
and tsunami and a series of
calamities that make us work
so that future doesn’t
experience what past went
Working against the nature is a
very difficult task
We humans can build tall sky
scrapers but without the normal reaction
from the earth they won’t stand a
Like for an instance during floods
water is considered to be a problem
instead we can design structures that can
take benefit from it.
Working With Nature and Not Against it!
Forces Of Nature
Can nurture life but at times can blow
Life is said to be evolved from
water but instances arrive when
water is the cause of disaster
And a lot more…
Wind is a vital part of
our environment and is
essential for our existence.
Wind has a violent
potential that has ruined the
life of many people
Tornados, Hurricanes and
storms are problems that
have destructed the
structures and winds with
high velocity posses the
potential to destroy cities
Aerodynamic models are been worked
upon for area like open fields,
grasslands and deserts.
Just according to our ideology
Working with nature
These models instead of resisting the
air provide them a direction to pass
The two designs in the slide are designs of an
American Architect Ted Givens, 10 Design.
The models proposed by Ted Givens are based on the
Turtle Mentality where the turtle withdraws his head
into its shell when a threat is sighted.
These models were subjected to a number of
Computer analysis and some flaws were found the
model is being revised to eliminate those drawbacks.
Building these structures is costly so cheaper
alternatives are being explored
Covers about 70.8% of the total area
of the earth. It is a very important
constituent of our life without which
life cannot be sustained.
Being an important constituent
there are many times when water
has became the problem like the
floods, Tsunami and destroyed cities
Currently the greatest problem that
people on the earth, that is we are
facing is the rising sea levels.
The land available for use is
shrinking day by day…
Water posses a major surface area of the earth
and hence also poses a major threat to us.
Coastal regions are always affected due to
change in sea levels and tides. Tsunami’s that
took place a few years age were devastative
and destroyed a life and property of many
Due to global warming there is rise in sea
levels and the coastal areas are subjected to
submergence. Some islands like Maldives are
already being submerged.
So the land available to us is shrinking day by
day and we need to develop a counter
measure to this problem
Water is not the Problem but a part
Float houses are very good solution
to problems we face during floods.
Boats don’t sink in water even
during floods so why not build
houses that work on the same
principle as that of the boats.
House built on this concept posses the
ability to float over water instead of sinking
into water. There area townships built in
many countries which have floating houses.
These houses can raise or lower to about 5m
from their level to respond to change in
The floating stadium design is
having volume equal to that of
an Olympic stadium and can
be move from one place to
another just by pulling it
through the ropes or chains
Just image a football match in
the midst of an ocean.
This benefit wasn’t planned or calculated but came as an add-on
or to say a free package with the design of floating structures.
The floating structures don’t have a fixed base so instead of being
stiff and resisting the winds they move and transfer the vibrations
to the water. Hence the fracture in structure is avoided.
These structures thus serve two purposes.
As seen from the pie chart about
70% of the surface of earth is
covered with water.
The Land available is just about
30% that we haven’t used half of
There are positions on the sea
that are yet unexplored.
By using the concept of floating
structure can be used to utilize
the surface of the earth which
can to some extent relax our
problems regarding availability
of space for housing and other
These Structures can prove to be safe dwelling for the future
The problem for area can be solved to some extent by using the
concept of float houses
The concept of float houses can provide a one time solution to
countries which are seasonally submerged into water
Countries having barren lands, grasslands or open fields can
have safe houses even when strong winds are subjected to
these areas if aerodynamic structures are used
Cost is high as material used is costly
Skilled Labour is required
Regular maintenance is required
Improper designing can lead to failure of entire structure
These structures can be used to great extent
but there are certain parameters that restrain its
use. Use of these structures can be of a great aid to
the problems that we’re observing now and are
being predicted for the future.