UK housebuilder Larkfleet Group has applied for planning permission to build an experimental house that could use jacks to lift itself above flood waters.
If tests are successful the house could unlock sites across the UK that at present cannot be developed because of the risk of flooding.
Karl Hick, chief executive of the Larkfleet Group, said: "The elevating house effectively eliminates the risk of flood damage to homes so that more land across the country can be approved for future home building.
"This will help to tackle the housing crisis that is being caused by the demand for new housing far exceeding the supply."
If planning permission is granted by South Holland District Council, Larkfleet plans to build a three-bedroom detached house in Weston Hills, near Spalding, Lincolnshire that can be raised up to 1.5m above ground level by eight mechanical jacks. The house would sit on a steel ring beam in place of conventional foundations.
Experiments with raising and lowering the house, including testing the long-term maintenance and operation of the jacking system, could run for up to five years
The modular steel-frame design allows the house to be easily disassembled and re-erected on another site on conventional foundations as a family residence.
Larkfleet houses would be jacked up well ahead of the arrival of flood waters, based on advance warnings from organisations such as the Environment Agency.
The mechanical jacking system is powered by a central motor, gear box and drive shafts and could lift the 65 tonne house 1.5m in less than five minutes.
Rooftop solar panels and a battery would provide the house with some continuing electricity supply when raised above the ground and the water and sewage would remain connected through flexible hoses.
UK and international patents for the elevating house are currently pending.
If planning permission is approved work on constructing the house could begin early in 2017.
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