The Design, Construction and Evaluation of a Pilot Project of a Bahay Kubo Inspired Floating Home

Pieter H. Ham*

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In the overpopulated deltas of the Philippines people live in are-as that see floods regularly. The floods are being caused by a com-bination of tides, heavy rainfall and land subsidence. The demand for safe and affordable housing is immense, yet available dry land is scarce. By implementing floating homes in vacant former rice fields, demanded new building space is becoming available. To come to a sustainable design that fits in the Pampanga Delta, traditional building designs as the Bahay Kubo have been analysed. Many aspects of this design correspond with modern sustainable development goals. By means of parametric building simulations, key aspects of the Bahay Kubo have been used to provide the home with good performances in indoor climate and structural behavior. Now the first pilot building has been built, the home is being tested for validating the parametric models and to evaluate the building design. The first round of test results has led to proper insights in indoor climate, user friendliness, and affordability. Initial design improvements have been made and will be used in upcoming developments such as the construction of a floating neighborhood and the construction of floating classrooms.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWCFS2020 - Proceedings of the 2nd World Conference on Floating Solutions
EditorsLukasz Piatek, Soon Heng Lim, Chien Ming Wang, Rutger de Graaf-van Dinther
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9789811622564
ISBN (Print)9789811622557
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Event2nd World Conference on Floating Solutions, WCFS 2020: Paving the Waves - Virtual, Online, Netherlands
Duration: 6 Oct 20208 Oct 2020

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Civil Engineering
ISSN (Print)2366-2557
ISSN (Electronic)2366-2565


Conference2nd World Conference on Floating Solutions, WCFS 2020
CityVirtual, Online

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  • Affordability
  • Floating architecture
  • Flood events
  • Pilot building
  • Vernacular


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