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.

We provide a place for those dealing with climate change and other impacts to research, learn, develop new standards and create the resilient materials, products, designs and innovations that will ensure the robustness and longevity of buildings and infrastructure.

Our initial focus has been on making comprehensive flood guidance available to homeowners and business owners, and on showcasing flood resilience products, materials and techniques. But resilience – and our work – also encompasses the built infrastructure’s ability to withstand security and cyber threats, fire risks, natural disasters and societal unrest arising from increasingly dense urban developments.

The BRE Centre for Resilience supports government, local authorities, environment agencies, industry and the public in a number of ways:

    • Conducting research into methods of mitigating and adapting to extreme weather and other disruptive events.
    • Creating new standards for design, planning and products.
    • Testing, trialing, demonstrating and certifying new innovations.
    • Developing new training programmes for the sector.
    • Disseminating knowledge and guidance.

 

The impacts on buildings, communities and infrastructure of increased rainfall, higher wind speeds, extreme cold, overheating, more frequent storms, and rising sea and river levels are being tackled by the BRE Centre for Resilience. Our work often includes close partnerships and collaborations in UK and international consultancy and research projects.

Flood resilient techniques and materials
We have particularly focused on the use of flood resilient techniques and materials to prevent or reduce flood damage, and to speed recovery following a flood. Our research in this area includes a project to showcase flood resilient measures in a demonstration Flood Resilient Repair Home at the BRE Innovation Park in Watford, along with a wide range of other projects.

Latest flood guidance
The BRE Centre for Resilience is also heavily involved in the Property Flood Resilience Action Plan launched in October 2016 by the Defra Flood Resilience Roundtable. One of the Action Plan Tasks on which we have contributed is the impartial flood guidance portal, www.centre4resilience.org. This provides up-to-date information for both home and business owners, and guidance on flood risks and protecting property.

The BRE Centre for Resilience also plays a major role in the formation of new standards and certification schemes around flood resilience. This includes the launch of the BRE Flood Surveyor Scheme in Spring 2017.

There has been a sharp increase in the number of reported disasters over the last 50 years according to International Disaster Database, and their severity also appears to be growing.

A key question facing disaster relief agencies is how to ensure that the affected communities have viable futures after the relief workers have gone home – and are more resilient to further disasters. These agencies recognise the importance, once the initial effects of a typhoon, earthquake or other disaster have been dealt with, of rebuilding communities that can successfully sustain themselves when the outside help is complete.

The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies approached BRE to help develop a tool that would help with this process. The result is a software tool for Quantifying Sustainability in the Aftermath of Natural Disasters – QSAND – find out more from the QSAND website or download the brochure.

A range of resilience related educational programmes have been developed by the BRE Academy, including training courses on using the QSAND disaster relief tool. Find out more.

Call us on 0333 321 88 11 if you would like to know more about our resilience services or need help with a specific issue – or email enquiries@bre.co.uk