A new standard for flood resistance and resilience of buildings: new build and retrofit

Tagg, A. and Laverty, K. and Escarameia, M. and Garvin, S. and Cripps, A. and Craig, R. and Clutterbuck, A. (2016) A new standard for flood resistance and resilience of buildings: new build and retrofit. In: FLOODrisk 2016, 18-20 October 2016, Lyon, France.

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With around three million properties in England affected by severe weather-driven surface water (pluvial) flooding, and the number likely to increase as a result of climate change, it is important that homeowners and businesses are encouraged to take steps to minimise the effects of future flood events. This is where property-level protection and resilience measures are important, and there continues to be a steady increase in the uptake. However, stakeholders will continue to need assistance and advice on how to select appropriate measures. Based on laboratory testing and other desk studies between 2005 and 2007, a guidance document was developed in 2007 on behalf of DCLG and Environment Agency (with support from Defra) which provided advice for resilient approaches for new buildings. This was referred to by many local authorities and others, to inform measures that could be used, particularly to deal with residual flood risks, given that such risks cannot always be designed out. Since 2009, through the ‘Statement of Principles’ with the insurance industry and the NPPF, unsuitable development has been discouraged in areas at high flood risk. However, with the increased awareness of the need to deal with surface water for a large existing housing stock, a new standard was needed. Therefore the British Standards Institution has developed a new standard that updates and extends the guidance document, including to retrofitting flood resistance and resilience measures to existing properties as well new buildings. This presentation will outline the standard’s contents and some of the key issues associated with its development.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Resilience; Building protection; Construction methods
Subjects: Floods > General
Divisions: Floods
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email i.services@hrwallingford.com
Date Deposited: 02 Apr 2020 09:52
Last Modified: 02 Apr 2020 09:52
URI: http://eprints.hrwallingford.com/id/eprint/1159

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