Resilience measure: Stilt house building


A stilt house is a raised structure that is most commonly built above water, although it also may be built over dirt or sand. It is sometimes called a pile dwelling because it is supported by large stakes, known as piles, that are driven directly into the water or into the shoreline. These structures typically rest 10 - 12 feet (3.5 - 4 meters) off the ground to allow for high tide, and are designed to avoid flooding and water damage. Created from bamboo or other water-resistant timber and reinforced with deck boards and sometimes concrete, stilt houses can be found throughout the world. The use of stilt house building technology effectively reduces flood or water-logging risk. For houses built along the river, cylinder stilts will produce much less resistance against water flow and thus are more stable. While for houses built in areas where water flow is slower, square stilts have the advantage of easy constructing
(Quora, What is stilt house?, accessed on Sept. 2016).

Co-benefits and impacts

Primarily regarded for its protection from flooding, there are many additional advantages to the stilt house. It is relatively easy to construct, and the design makes use of land that might be otherwise unsuitable for housing. The elevation serves to keep out vermin and offers protection from animals. The space beneath the house may be used for storage, in some cases, and some families can even fish from the front porch
(wiseGEEK, What is a silt house?, accessed on Sept. 2016).

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Last modified: Sept. 14, 2016, 8:50 a.m.