White Paper: A Future Flood Resilient Built Environment

BRE has been involved in research on flooding of the built environment for over 20 years, from specific research to prepare good practice guidance through to wide ranging programmes of international research under the EC’s Framework programmes.

In the past ten years there has been a growing realisation that flood management has to move from a position where flood defence (e.g. major river barriers and drainage infrastructure) is the only solution to flood risk to one of flood resilience. 

This shift requires an increase in responsibility for a variety of stakeholders, including property owners. The extent of flood damage to property is increasing as urban areas expand and climate change results in more intense rainfall resulting in more surface water flooding.

Climate change may have significant implications for the built environment, with impacts likely on buildings, energy, transport, ICT and water infrastructure. Analysis from the UK Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA) indicates that the built environment will be affected by extreme weather events. Impacts will arise due to increased temperatures and changing rainfall patterns. Flooding is one of the highest order risks for the built environment and is expected to be more frequent throughout the 21st Century. Flood risk will increase not only due to climate change, but perhaps more importantly increasing urbanisation.

This White Paper has been prepared as a means to engage various stakeholders in a debate on flood resilience in the United Kingdom. The aim of the White Paper is to encourage successful approaches that address existing and future developments in the built environment. Resilient solutions can be developed through research and innovation, but there is a need to address policy and practice in order for such solutions to be implemented.

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