Holland is a nice country, but the last 12 years it has been looted by banks. They installed a government so focused on serving them one scandal seems to be following the other. Still the leader of the VVD, Mark Rutte does not take the hint to skadiddle.
One of the crisis created by Stef Blok, by making housing rules more favourable to banks, is that homes have increased dramatically in price, rents as well, all while social housing corporations where taxed more, so less new homes where build. On top of that no bank or politician (in power) kept an eye on the nitrogen budget (essential for nature to thrive) so builders and airports and farmers are all in a bundle because on or the other has to cut activities.
And to boot this shit government has promoted the burning of wood, a low nitrogen emission building material. If you thought this was it then there’s still another thing which is that Holland is sinking due to the rot of peat underground, this rot emits massive amounts of Methane, but it also means homes foundations are exposed to the air and can rot.
All this means anyone buying a home now will have to think about his/her pension and value for their children (if you are that optimistic about the future). Or we learn to build with water, not against it. Building on the water is actually quite attractive, and floating homes are cheap to make and can last a long time. Because Holland is experimeting with this kind of architecture you can find them in several places, Amsterdam and Woerden for example. The company Balance d’eau (also Zeinstra Verbeek) has realized a couple of €541.500,- Euro homes, which is not cheap, about 1,6 times the average home price at the moment.
The homes below are fixed to the land by poles on which they can move up and down with the varying water level.
The homes are lovely, no doubt, but this is either concrete or steel build and thus relatively cheap. Several other examples can now be found in Holland, below a video about the experimental homes in Amsterdam. These have concrete floats.
All the functions of a home can be solved easily, so called “woonboten” have existed for as long as there are boats you could live on. The bove project in Amsterdam saw homes being build all around the country and towed to Amsterdam. This is expensive but also allows for more varied designs and manufacturing processes, which helps the learning curve.
The problem we see here though is the pricing of these homes. It feels quite luxurious to live on water this way, so they are priced accordingly. The owners are taking a chance, the right to be there in the first place (rent of the water space) is probably not cheap, and then the way these projects are organized the cost are pretty much fixed.
It is important to NOT find a solution to the cost but simply produce and deliver at lower cost. This is only possible by companies with low overhead, and here we find that small companies don’t have a lobby, either defensive or offensive to build these kind of structures.
In de media you can read that “Floating homes are still too expensive and you can’t get a mortgage on them” This is typical and shows how the game is rigged. Apparently cities want to allow them, but banks fear their cheapness and instant alure, and don’t want more homes quickly cause it would cash the housing market. Meanwhile it is pretty obvious this is the way to go if all the land is owned by banks and its price constantly maximized. Holland is of the dutch, not of the dutch banks.
I have suggested to build a giant floating solar powerplant on the Markermeer in Holland, it is an empty lake that does not have much use, it is to muddy for fish, it has plants growing that hinder boats. It is 700 square kilometer of which we could make 350 square kilometer solar power plant with floating homes underneath. Because we would be talking major project here
This design is so heavy it allows for a subaqautic part.. A unique but space creating feature..
New floating homes for sale in Urk
The challenge is to do this on a much larger scale, and integrating solar electricity power plant, electricity storage, heat management and other functions. This is the Markermeerzonnecentrale.nl project. According to the people in the video below the new designs are also very energy efficient, they pay 20 Euro energy per year!