For Sale: Eco-Friendly Home in a Solar-Powered Floating Village

By: | April 28th, 2014

Talk about a vacation on a houseboat and people start thinking of you sipping wine on the deck, being rocked to sleep by the gentle waves,  fishing, swimming, stargazing and simply spending quality time with friends and family. No doubt living on a houseboat is a romantic notion. What if your entire neighborhood was on water, though?

People in Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland, will soon be able to enjoy an energy-efficient and eco-friendly boathouse on a beautiful Scottish river that’s basically a village on water.

A company called Sustainable Renewable Technologies (SRT) EcoBuild is planning to establish a network of floating homes in the waterways of Leith, Edinburgh. The company’s idea is to create low-carbon and energy- efficient homes.

Here are some of the features of the floating village:

  • The homes will be completely self-sufficient, solar power will be used as an energy source and air-source heat pumps will provide the warmth.
  • These modest, energy efficient homes will be affordable and will also be significantly cheaper than homes of an equivalent size in the ever-pricey Scottish capital.
  • The homes will be constructed offsite with the intention that the river and its ecosystem are not harmed.
  • There will be no building sites in the area, as these buildings can be constructed at one location and then brought to another location.
  • If the residents wish to move somewhere else, buildings can also be moved to other areas.

This floating village will be a great, affordable, modern and eco-friendly option in the current state of the Edinburgh’s property market.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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