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BRE’s Flood Resilient Repair House project has recently received an Environment Agency Project Excellence Award for the Innovation category.

BRE’s Flood Resilient Repair House project has recently received an Environment Agency Project Excellence Award for the Innovation category.

BRE’s Flood Resilient Repair House project has recently received an Environment Agency Project Excellence Award for the Innovation category. The project brings together several flood resilience technologies and resistance measures to address lower level and more severe flood events. Different types of water resilient insulation have been used in the house including injected cavity wall insulation, thermal board and PUR spray foam. Other practical issues have also been addressed, such as how to improve floor insulation, where to place electric sockets and home appliances and how to seal off areas where water could enter the property. The project has been funded by the BRE Trust and partners AXA Insurance, British Damage Management Association, Cunningham Lindsey, Defra, Natural Cement Distribution, and Property Care Association. From simple measures such as placing electrical outlets higher up the walls and using doors and windows with flood resisting seals to water resistant insulation in the walls and under the floor (such as spray-applied PUR foam or injected foamed cavity insulation), the house uses products currently available in the marketplace to showcase how a flood resilient house that has been designed to be resilient to flooding, Making properties more resilient to flooding can be hugely beneficial to individuals, families and businesses. The innovative measures displayed in the house will not only help prevent flood water entering a building, they will also aid rapid recovery after any flooding – reducing the costs of repairs and helping people to get back on their feet quickly and easily. The house showcases what good building practice looks like regarding the retrofit of properties in flood affected areas in the UK. With 1 in 6 homes now at risk of flooding in the UK, this is a landmark project in order to meet the goals of the Property Flood Resilience Action Plan, an initiative that BRE has been heavily involved with as a part of the Property Flood Resilience Roundtable. This work also leads into the development of a voluntary code of practice for property flood resilience, which BRE is leading the development of on behalf of CIRIA, discussed as a key requirement for the UK government in their 25 year environment plan. The house is also used alongside additional flood resilience training courses currently offered by the BRE Academy. This includes a case study of the project in the Introduction into flood protection and prevention awareness course, and the independent property flood resilient surveyors training course – which is supported by a BRE Global Certification Scheme