ON Thursday 16 February 2017, BRE Innovation Park in Ravenscraig will host a morning workshop to examine how the much-anticipated Property Resilience Action Plan will impact on property flood resilience in Scotland.
The Property Resilience Action Plan report was launched in October 2016 and Dr Peter Bonfield, CEO of BRE, was asked to chair a Business Roundtable.
Dr. Bonfield will open proceedings at BRE Innovation Park in Ravenscraig and the event will provide an insight into how the report and ongoing tasks will impact on Scotland, and how other initiatives in Property Level Resilience can be integrated.
On the day, a panel of experts from within the field of Resilience will address the invited audience.
Debi Garft, who oversees flood risk management and coastal erosion at the Scottish Government will discuss flooding and property resilience in Scotland; Joey Tabone, from Business in the Community, will offer insight into actions to assist flood victims; while Ian Gibb, from Sergon, will highlight how best to embed resilience planning into small businesses.
Also addressing delegates will be director of the BRE Centre for Resilience, Dr. Stephen Garvin, who comments: “Last winter, an estimated 1,000 homes and businesses in Scotland were directly impacted by floodwater, with much of the repair and recovery process still ongoing.
“Despite this, and rather surprisingly, Scottish householders and business owners within high flood risk areas are still relatively slow in taking proactive measures to counter the issue, so we believe events like this are vital moving forward.”
Dr. Garvin adds: “As winter once again grips the country, Property Level Resilience (PLR) aims to make people and their property less vulnerable to the physical and mental impacts of flooding.
“Actions that can be taken include installing flood doors, flood barriers, air brick covers, pointing or water proofing brickwork, install non-return valves and moving vulnerable features such as sockets above floor level.
“Properties need a package of measures, some of which prevent water entering a house and others that minimise the impact should water enter the house, speeding up the recovery process.”
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Notes to editors:
The Action Plan Report was launched in October 2016 and Peter Bonfield, CEO of BRE, was asked to chair a business roundtable.
He invited a range of experts to join him who were well placed to use their skills and experience to innovate and find ways to incentivise the uptake of property flood resilience by consumers.
Members took a proactive and collaborative approach with five task groups addressing the following:
* increasing uptake of the property level resilience grant following Storms Desmond and Eva, and to learn from this experience;
* embedding resilience in the insurance business and in day-to-day for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) at flood risk;
* improving the sharing of information on resilience measures, specifically through developing an ‘one-stop shop’ web portal;
* developing the skills and standards necessary to deliver property level resilience measures to a consistently high and well-understood standard; and
* addressing the communications and behavioural challenges that hamper uptake of property level resilience measures.
Agenda for Impact of the Property Resilience Action Plan on Scotland
16 February 2017
10.00 Registration and Refreshments
10.30 Introduction to the Property Flood Resilience Action Plan: Dr Peter Bonfield, BRE
10.40 Flooding and property resilience in Scotland: Debi Garft, Scottish Government
10.55 Action to assist flood victims: Joey Tabone, BITC
11.10 Embedding resilience in small businesses: Ian Gibb, Sergon
11.25 Standards, certification and skills: Dr Stephen Garvin, BRE
11.40 Flood resilience one-stop-shop: Eliot Beeby, BRE
11.45 The Action Plan and Property Resilience in Scotland: Workshop
12.30 Summary and closing remarks
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