The first quarter of 2014 has heightened awareness of a threat to our constructed environment which is clearly here to stay.
The severe flooding experienced by significant parts of mainland UK since Christmas 2013 has brought into stark relief the vulnerability of buildings, the infrastructure which serves them, the people who live and work in them and their economic productivity to inundation by water.
Numerous solutions have been proposed ranging from increases in spending on traditional flood defences, through giving affected regions the autonomy to fund and deliver their own solutions to embracing strategies which have seen some success in the Netherlands such as floating foundations.
At its conference “Britain under Water” yesterday, the Building Research Establishment outlined its plans for a new Centre for Resilience for the Built Environment. The aim is to work with central and local government to provided a unified and connected approach to designing and building in the face of this increasing environmental threat.
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