Sad though it may seem, I am looking forward to the UK Construction Week exhibition next week like a kid waiting for Christmas. Although it is always nice to speak with familiar faces in and around such shows, last years inaugural exhibition was fantastic for the seminar content.
This years program is biased towards innovation within the built environment, with special mention to the materials and construction sectors. The below article outlines some of the fascinating work BRE are working on.
Given the governments constraints over funding for flood defenses (even though in March they announced a further £700m of funding) this would seem a viable option for areas at high risk. To put this into perspective, it is estimated there are around 5 million homes at risk. What I particularly like about BRE's approach is that the project includes walls and floors that direct water towards drainage systems internally.
The Building Research Establishment (BRE) is looking demonstrate how building design coupled with product innovation can help homeowners limit damage and recover quickly from flooding. Above: The project has been prompted by recent flood damage A housing unit within the BRE Victorian Terrace demonstration project is being refurbished with materials and products designed to make it flood resilient. It will then be inundated with water to see what happens. The project, which is being funded primarily by the BRE Trust and insurance company Axa, has been prompted by recent flooding in the UK, causing up to £100,000 of damage in many homes.