Quantcast

Floating Solar-Powered Eco-Home Is 98% Recyclable

Business

A London-based company has an innovative solution for environmentally friendly, self-sufficient livingEcoFloLife designs floating residential units that are made entirely of recycled timber and aluminum. This tiny home, the WaterNest 100, was designed by the renowned Italian architect Giancarlo Zema.

The WaterNest 100 comes with rooftop solar panels and requires very minimal energy use due to its efficient heating and cooling system. Photo credit: EcoFloLife

This sleek abode is a little more than 1,000 square feet with two spacious balconies, large windows and skylights to bring in plenty of natural light. The unit can include a living room, dining area, one or two bedrooms, kitchen and bathroom or be adapted to buyers' needs. Energy is supplied by solar panels on the roof.

The WaterNest 100 requires very minimal energy use due to its efficient heating and cooling system. Additionally, 98 percent of the materials that make up this low impact dwelling are recyclable. The unit can be situated in rivers, lakes, bays, atolls and sea areas with calm waters. It doesn't have to be exclusively for housing either. It can be used for other purposes such as an office, lounge bar, restaurant or store, according to EcoFloLife.

The company's catalogue offers stylish furnishings made of recyclable materials for interior design. Photo credit: EcoFloLife

The company's catalogue offers stylish furnishings made of recyclable materials for interior design. The website offers various interior layouts for a single person, a couple, a family or as an office or other commercial space. The website explains the construction process in detail and the various materials that go into its construction, including beautiful teak floors and well insulated windows and doors.

The unit utilizes an automated "MyHome" system that allows residents to adjust lighting, air conditioning and a multi-room sound system on one screen. You're also able to monitor electricity, gas and water consumption, and at the same time, manage the temperature of each area of the house, allowing for extremely efficient energy use.

The unit utilizes an automated "MyHome" system that allows residents to adjust lighting, air conditioning and a multi-room sound system on one screen. Photo credit: EcoFloLife

If you're worried about having to get a boating license or deal with complicated construction permits, fear not, says EcoFloLife. The house, which does not have an engine, is constructed and then simply towed to its final location. Owners only need to request approval from local maritime authorities for an inland water permit and the company promises to guide you through the whole process.

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

Epic Urban Treehouse Offers Glimpse Into Future Living

Off Grid Living on Manhattan-Sized Island

World’s First Carbon-Positive Prefab Home Hits the Market

EcoWatch Daily Newsletter

"It would be great to see all the candidates join Elizabeth Warren in taking the No Big Ag Money Pledge," said Citizens Regeneration Lobby's Alexis Baden-Mayer. Peter Blanchard / Flickr / ric (CC BY 2.0)

By Andrea Germanos

Food system justice and environmental advocates on Wednesday urged all Democratic presidential hopefuls to follow in the footsteps of Sen. Elizabeth Warren in signing a pledge rejecting campaign cash from food and agribusiness corporations.

Read More
A new study shows the impact Native Americans had on landscapes was "small" compared to what followed by Europeans. The findings provide important takeaway for conservation in New England today, seen above in a view of areas surrounding Rangeley Lakes in Maine. Cappi Thompson / Moment / Getty Images

There's a theory going around that Native Americans actively managed the land the lived on, using controlled burns to clear forests. It turns out that theory is wrong. New research shows that Native Americans barely altered the landscape at all. It was the Europeans who did that, as ZME Science reported.

Read More
Sponsored
Loggers operate in an area of lodgepole pine trees killed by the mountain pine beetle in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest on Sept. 13, 2019 in Montana. As climate change makes summers hotter and drier in the Northern Rockies, forests are threatened with increasing wildfire activity, deadly pathogens and insect infestations, including the mountain pine beetle outbreak. The insects have killed more than six million acres of forest across Montana since 2000. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

President Donald Trump told a crowd at the Davos World Economic Forum Tuesday that the U.S. will join the Forum's 1t.org initiative to restore and conserve one trillion trees around the world, according to The Hill.

Read More
Wild rice flatbread is one of many Native recipes found in Indigikitchen. Indigikitchen

The online cooking show Indigikitchen is providing a platform to help disseminate Indigenous food recipes — while helping eaters recognize their impact on the planet and Native communities.

Read More

On the Solomon Islands, rats and poachers are the two major threats to critically endangered sea turtles. A group of local women have joined forces to help save the animals from extinction.

Read More