FloodFrame works to secure homes and buildings against flooding in the simplest, most efficient and affordable way.
In 2013, violent floods ravaged much of Europe. Many homeowners were powerless against these forces of nature, and with an upward trend in severe storms, the future looked bleak. This was the backdrop for our project to develop a solution that could protect homes from flooding. We set a number of criteria for a completely new solution: It should be simple, easy to understand, automatic, easy to maintain, aesthetic – at an affordable price.
The idea that answers all of these criteria is as simple as it is obvious: By harnessing the force of the water itself, the exposed building is wrapped in a completely waterproof, protective cloth.
The idea soon attracted interest from the renowned technical institutes, Danish Technological Institute and DHI, which are specialists in the aquatic environment. Both institutes were involved in the further development, and the Danish Ministry of the Environment participated in the funding through the Environmental Technology Development and Demonstration Program.
The development process involved several tests of materials, strength calculations, durability, water permeability through soil, wind and wave forces, as well as several full-scale tests in the laboratories at DHI. The final prototype was successfully tested on a full scale in December 2016.