As Climate Changes makes properties more vulnerable to extreme weather, and people and assets require greater levels of protection, the BRE Centre for Resilience works to deliver fast and appropriate responses to climate change related extreme weather and other unforeseen disruptions to homes, commercial buildings and infrastructure.
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BRE Centre for Resilience
We offer a place for the sector to research and learn, create new standards and develop the next generation of professionals, resilient materials, products, designs and innovations that will ensure the robustness and longevity of our built infrastructure.
What is ‘resilience’?
Resilience is the ability of assets, networks and systems to anticipate, absorb, adapt and / or rapidly recover from a disruptive event.
Training and certification schemes
We have partnered with industry to create new training and certification schemes, including the An Introduction to Flood Protection and Flood Prevention, the BRE Independent Property Flood Resilience Surveyorsand certification scheme, and the BRE Verification Scheme for Flood Resilience Products.
Property Flood Resilience Action Plan
We have led and supported a roundtable of private and public sector members on property level flood resilience, following the devastating flooding in 2014/15, to deliver the Property Resilience Action Plan which highlights a series of recommendations and actions to make the UK more resilient.
Flood Resilient Repair House
We created a demonstration home as part of the BRE Innovation Park at Watford which has been adapted to be resistant and resilient to flooding. It is designed to keep water out, but if it does get it in it is designed to manage water removal, dry out quickly and be suitable to move back into in a very short time after a flood incident.
Projects and publications
We have led and supported a range of industry led or supported projects or research programmes.
Disaster Relief - Q-SAND
We worked with the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to develop a tool that would support a sustainable long term approach to disaster relief, Quantifying Sustainability in the Aftermath of Natural Disasters (Q-SAND).
Flood Resilience Summit 18
The past 10 years has witnessed a series of significant flooding events that have impacted thousands of households across the UK. The Resilience Summit will set out some of the new developments and progress made, including Flood Resilient Repair Demonstrations and will place the Action Plan within the context of the wider aspects of flood risk management.