How to Avoid Future Flood Threats
The RIBA’s report The Value of Flood Resilient Architecture and Design, outlines steps the UK government must take to safeguard future homes and communities from the threat of flooding.
Waterbuurt development by Marlies Rohmer Architects & Urbanists (photo: Roos Aldershoff)
Old Ways No Good
RIBA claims old flood management – keeping water out – are no longer sufficient. Instead, government must allow communities to assess their own flood risk. If homes and businesses can be better equipped to live alongside water, communities will be able to shore up their own defences and recover far quicker in the event of a flood.
Flood Resilient Homes Needed
RIBA also advocates constructing flood resilient homes and properties, recommending government to develop a brand new approach to flood decision-making and regulation, encourage innovation across the housing and urban design sector, and introduce specific building regulations for flood resilience and resistance.
Home for all Seasons - JTP & Environmental Design Studio (inc photo)
Embedding flood resilient design will help future-proof new developments and deliver greater value for money when investments in new flood defences are made. What’s more, there’s scope for the UK to become a world leader, paving the way with innovative responses and solutions to flooding.
Flood Risk to Double
“In the next 30 years, the number of homes at risk of flooding is expected to double,” said RIBA President Ben Derbyshire. “Now is the time to adapt and think creatively about how to tackle this threat. The RIBA urges the Government to step up and encourage the collaboration and innovation needed to create new homes and communities that are resilient to the devastating effects of flooding.” Read full RIBA report
Timber Frame & Floods
Structural timber frame has proven to be one of the most resilient forms of construction when homes become flooded, since wall linings can easily be removed allowing the structure to dry out rapidly and remedial works to be done. Whereas masonry walls may need 6 to 12 months to dry out, remedials in a timber frame home can be done in weeks rather than months.