Are your products flood resilient?

Posted: Friday 11th November 2011

Most scientists now agree that global warming causes more frequent extremes of weather.

This means that the flood risk to homes and business is greater now than it has ever been. In fact, insurance companies are less inclined to offer protection to properties on known flood plains; such is the scale of the problem.

SMARTeST is a major European research project that looks at how flood resilience (FRe) technology can be used to help reduce the damage caused by flooding. More information on the project can be found on their website www.floodresilience.eu

The BBA is a UK member of the National Support Group (NSG), which provides support to the SMARTeST project partners.

One of the key areas that the project is investigating is the use of products that offer significant flood resilience benefits. This is already generating considerable interest from key industry specifiers, housebuilders and contractors.

Existing products capable of providing flood resilience are to be assessed and tested as part of the project. At present, as there is no definitive test method available, many products specified for use in flood prone buildings are not thoroughly assessed for their performance using recognised procedures.

As a result some products may not be capable of retaining their original properties after having been exposed to flood conditions. Therefore, a range of products need to be tested using appropriate existing test methods and the new methods to be developed as part of the SMARTeST project.

Once an agreed test methodology and assessment process has been developed and, providing the product shows the necessary resilience in the test, additional flood resilience information can be added to their current Agrément Certificate.

The BBA welcomes any current forward thinking certificate holders that feel their products have the capability to provide good flood resilience to contact Rob Childs to discuss the possibility of testing and assessment.

For more information e-mail Rob Childs rchilds@bba.star.co.uk or call him on 01923 665 345.




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