BRE Global to launch new certification scheme for property flood resilience surveyors

In direct response to a key recommendation emanating from Defra’s recent Property Resilience Action Plan, BRE Global is launching a new certification scheme for independent property flood resilience surveyors. Certificated surveyors will provide property owners with impartial information about the measures needed to make their businesses and homes more resilient to flooding. 

Supported by training from the BRE Academy and industry partners including the RICS, certificated surveyors will be able to collect and upload data to a Property Flood Resilience Database recently developed by the BRE, AXA and LexisNexis under an Innovate UK-funded programme.  This will create a highly valuable, UK-wide industry data source for ‘flood resilient’ properties, in turn supporting insurance applications for ‘at risk’ businesses and dwellings.

Analysis from the UK Climate Change Risk Assessment indicates that the built environment will be increasingly affected by extreme weather events, and that the incidence and severity of flooding will heighten.

The BRE has been active for many years in built environment flood measurement, reduction and mitigation. In 2014, it created the BRE Centre for Resilience with a remit to identify and address critical issues like climate change which affect the UK’s homes, commercial buildings and infrastructure. The initial focus has been on supporting homeowners and business owners alike with information designed to support the uptake of resilience measures.

BRE experts in this particular field include Dr Stephen Garvin (director of the BRE’s Centre for Resilience) and BRE Group CEO Dr Peter Bonfield who recently led for Defra on the development of an industry-wide Property Flood Resilience Action Plan.

Dr Stephen Garvin observed: “Defra’s Property Resilience Action Plan identified the need for skills, standards and certification to reassure property owners that flood resilient repair and property protection measures will be effective. This new scheme and supporting training programme is key to achieving this goal. By creating a robust, independent and specialist group of flood resilience surveyors, we can support individuals, the business community and our industry in a far better manner. This is the first of a number of new products BRE is developing in line with the recommendations of the Action Plan.”

*The Certification Scheme for Independent Property Flood Resilience Surveyors will be open for registrations this Spring. For further information or to register your interest send an e-mail to: floodsurveyorsscheme@bre.co.uk

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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