Passivhaus buildings, synonymous with energy efficiency and reduced ecological footprints, are becoming a staple in Europe. Once found on land, Passivhaus homes are now increasingly found in the water.
The Autark Home, docked in Masstrict, Netherlands, is one of these floating green homes. The houseboat is completely solar-powered and is 10 times more energy efficient than similar-sized conventional homes.
The popularity of this type of dwelling has increased considerably, and the designer Pieter Kromwijk has increased production to meet the demand. Energy efficiency, distinctive non-traditional features, and the self-sufficiency of the home are drawing eco-conscious buyers to the Autarkhomes.
IBC Solar collaborated with Kromwijk on the home’s technical design. They also assisted with the design of the solar photovoltaics (PV), a system that generates electrical power by converting solar radiation into direct current electricity.
These homes are particularly attractive to buyers who live in areas with limited housing space and are near rivers and lakes. Given the increasing cost of urban domiciles and rising real estate prices, the ecologically friendly houseboat may be the wave of the future.
In fact, the Autarkhome can function completely off the grid, making it completely self-sufficient. The home has no dock connectors, and hot water collectors and solar PV provide energy.
A built-in water treatment system processes all of the home’s water. Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) insulation, environmentally friendly Desso carpet and Mosa tiles, and IKEA furnishings make this home attractive, functional, ecologically friendly, and completely self-sufficient.