Floating Eco Homes in Delft


In Delft future inhabitants were given the opportunity to realize their ideal floating home. There was a lot of interest to participate, but only space for six unique houses. One of the major objectives of the project was to develop water homes that minimize ecological impact, by applying energy efficient systems and decentralized water treatment technology.
One of the challenges was how to monitor water quality and provide input for a water permit issued by the local water board. Coverage of the water surface is known to influence air-water interactions and penetration of light, but knowledge on the subject is limited. This knowledge gap complicates the job of water authorities and municipalities in creating a policy framework, and therefore to regulate and facilitate the development of new floating projects. A water measurement programme with underwater drones was started, in collaboration with Tauw, Deltares and various Dutch universities, water boards and municipalities. Because of the positive results, the spinoff company INDYMO was founded, which is dedicated to water quality monitoring with underwater drones.

Rutger de Graaf

Rutger de Graaf


“You may think there is not a city in the world that will sell you water, but this is already happening. In Delft the Netherlands it's possible to become the owner of a plot of water. Five families have already done this and realized their own floating house.“