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Property Flood Resilience Action Plan

Non-standard cavities - flood risk

In 2015 Dr Peter Bonfield was asked by the Government to bring together the commercial interests to consider how collectively industry could best enable and encourage the use of property level resilience measures for buildings at risk of being flooded and in early September 2016 he published his Flood Resilience Action Plan report together with the recommendations and outcomes:

The Recommendations

The recommendations cover all areas flood resilience and are the key steps the review believes are central to increasing the level of Property Level Resilience:

  • Further exploration of whether Building Regulations can be better used to encourage flood resistant and resilient construction in a way that is tailored to meet the needs of properties at risk or flooding and with a focus on methods that speed their recovery from flooding.
  • A programme of work to be undertaken by Flood Re to provide the evidence base over time, needed to understand how householders and insurers can be supported  in the future to manage the risk of flooding and rescue the cost of claims through resilience and other measures.
  • Rigorous independent standard with proper certification processes so consumers and householders can have confidence in both the products they buy and the installation.
  • An independently run on-line information postal and data warehouse that informs householders and small businesses about what to do to make their properties resilient to flooding.
  • A strong partnership between insurers, surveyors, legal profession, material producers and the government to encourage and enable the take up of flood resilient measures and more flood resilient behaviour by householders and small businesses including preparation for future flood events.

We welcome the fact that the government is looking into the area of flood resilience and we are actively involved in supporting all areas of this review where we can and its recommendations to help improve people’s properties across the country and to reduce the impact of flooding.

technitherm: Our flood resilience product

BS85500:2015, the Association of British Insurers, DEFRA, DCLG and the Environment Agency all already provide advice to property owners regarding cavity wall insulation and its use in flood risk properties. All advise that cavity wall installed should preferably incorporate rigid closed cell materials as these retain their integrity and have low moisture take up.

At Isothane we manufacture a rigid closed cell cavity wall insulation product that not only improves the thermal efficiency of a domestic or commercial property but provides flood resilience protection to buildings. Technitherm® reduces the risk of flood water ingress through the cavity and remains serviceable after flooding. Standard cavity wall insulation does neither of these as these materials will absorb and retain the flood water meaning that the insulation loses its insulating properties and prolongs the drying our process. Technitherm has passed the BRE’s (Building Research Establishment) Flood Resilience test and has been used in schemes designed to improve the resilience of properties which have been flooded in the past. An example of which can be found by reading our case study from Rochdale: Flood Resilience Action Rochdale Case Study

If you would like more information on how Technitherm® can help then please contact our technical team who will be happy to provide you more information on the product and its suitability. A copy of the report can be found by clicking here Bonfield Report.

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