|Photo: 3 Buoys|
Growing up in British Columbia, whenever somebody mentions the word "houseboat", I immediately conjure up images of these fibreglass beasts on Shuswap Lake. I don't dislike houseboats. On the contrary. I think it's a perfectly great way to live. In fact any major urban centre that has a large body of water as part of its urban core will also likely have a collection of houseboats.
The challenge with living on the water is how to minimize the impact you have on the environment. You can't pack 10 people into a vacation home and not think that they won't be creating waste. The concern is even greater for a year-round situation.
Electricity is handled through solar cells, and sewage is incinerated rather than dumped into the watery depths. The temperature inside the U-Boat is regulated through a geothermal pond loop which runs from the bottom of the water source through a piling supporting the dock and into the floor of the boat.
The U-Boat features a living roof, along with the solar panels. It linear shape may be seen as less interesting than other forms of water living, I find it quite pleasing. After all, it's the surroundings of a houseboat that will garner the most attention anyway. Keeping the shape simple also allows the interior to be used to maximum efficiency.
Source: Wyatt Little