definitionAmphibious buildings lie on the ground out of flood periods and are likely to float when the water level rises during flood. They do not therefore float permanently unlike the floating buildings which can be found in many countries in urban areas along lakes or slow-flowing rivers. The principle is to erect the building structure on a float. When moving vertically with water level variations, these floats are guided by vertical posts to avoid the drift of the amphibious building. Flexible piping allows energy/water feeding and waste drainage.
(Vojinovic Z., 2015, p. 124)
Co-benefits and impactsAmphibious buildings can demonstrate excellent resilience capacity as water does not penetrate the building.
Approaches (Show all)Protection
Case studies (Show all)Floating houses, Maasbommel
Scales (Show all)Building
Land uses (Show all)Urban
FRI indicators (Show all)Level of implementation of Building Code
Embodying flood risk in Building code
Preservation of wetlands and green spaces
Embodying climate change predictions in spatial urban planning
Embodying flood risk in urban planning
Responsible authorities Learning and adapting from previous events
Multidisciplinary knowledge exchange (engineer, architect/urban planner, sociologist, economist, politician - city government, etc.)
Protection from a flood originating by a 1 meter river level rise
Time scales (Show all)Long term
Measure types (Show all)Engineering
Problem types (Show all)Coastal
Drain and Sewer
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