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As much of the UK mops up after Storm Ciara, it is timely to draw attention to the launch of the Property Flood Resilience Code of Practice published by CIRIA (Construction Industry Research and Information Association) on 10 February.

The Property Flood Resilience Code of Practice (C790F) has been developed by industry professionals to help improve standards of investment in property flood resilience for professionals and communities. A copy can be obtained free of charge from the CIRIA website here.

Property Flood Resilience (PFR) is an important part of the response to flood risk. It includes measures that reduce the risks to people and property enabling households and businesses to reduce flood damage, speed up recovery and reoccupation. PFR measures should reduce the amount of water entering buildings (known as resistance measures), or limit the damage caused if water does enter a building (known as recoverability measures).

The Code of Practice is concerned with PFR measures that can be introduced to buildings at risk from flooding. Often, these measures can be installed as part of the repair of buildings after they have been flooded. However, some property owners may wish to be proactive and fit measures in anticipation of a flood. The code includes six standards that specify what should be achieved.

To help promote the code, the Business in the Community (BITC) has created a communications resource for organisations to use to highlight the importance of PFR measures and the steps needed to be taken reduce the impact of any future floods. The communications pack and assets can be downloaded from the WeTransfer link: In addition, there are newsletters, website copy and blogs to promote the Code of Practice launch. The BITC website encourages partners, colleagues to download its factsheet: Would your business premises be ready for a flood?

See also this news website here for The Environment Agency’s announcement of the 2020 Flood Awareness Week, 20-26 January.


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