Research and analysis

Improved guidance and standards for local flood protection

The objective of the study is to develop standards for repairing buildings that have been affected by flooding to improve their flood resistance.


Improved Guidance and Standards for Local Flood Protection

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The interim Government guidance on Preparing for Floods – Improving the Flood Resistance of Domestic and Small Business Properties was published in early 2002. It explains the importance of assessing and if necessary improving the flood resistance of the building fabric if a property is to be protected against flood damage by using removable household flood products (e.g. flood boards). It also explains that consideration should be given to use of freestanding temporary barriers to keeping water away form the property.

Following on from this, two R&D projects have now been completed to support the informed use of local flood protection products. These cover (1) guidance on the use of different types of flood products, and the other measures – such as improving the flood resistance of walls and floors – that need to be considered, and (2) performance standards for flood products.

Published 1 December 2005