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How Resilient Design Will Change How We Repair and Build Homes - This event has already finished


28 June 2017
(Free for members)

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BRE teamed up with a number of key stakeholders including AXA Insurance, to build a demonstrator of what a resilient home would look like at the BRE Innovation Park in Watford. It was also important not to just build a showroom, but a unit that could be heavily flooded, to see how well the chosen material was able to perform. This webinar will describe the challenges and reveal the solutions of the Flood Resistant Demonstration House and provide an insight of the learning that will inform future refurbishment and building practices.

 

Five million of our current homes are in areas vulnerable to flooding, and there is pressure to build many more homes, with flood plains often looking like an easy option. Recent years have seen substantial flooding across the UK with homes damaged, families displaced and a cost of millions to the insurance companies to reinstate these homes.

The current practice of reinstating a home to its previous condition, gives little confidence to the home owner or tenant, if the flood reoccurs and the whole process starts again. Unless major community flood defences are built through the Environment Agency, many homeowners, especially in rural locations, have a need to know how to protect their property.

The BRE Centre for Resilience was established to address how to make our built environment more resilient to the challenges of extreme weather events, climate change, and increasing population amongst other factors. Flooding has been the first main focus of the Centre.
To try and address the issue, BRE teamed up with a number of key stakeholders including AXA Insurance to build a demonstrator of what a resilient home would look like at the BRE Innovation Park in Watford. It was also important not to just build a showroom, but a unit that could be heavily flooded, to see how well the material chosen was able to perform.

Event programme

This webinar will describe the challenges and reveal the solutions of the Flood Resistant Demonstration House and provide an insight of the learning that will inform future refurbishment and building practices.

  • Learn about the challenges posed by flooding and the techniques that were used in the Flood Resilient Demonstration House at the BRE Innovation Park, Watford
  • One hour CPD

 Webinar begins at 12:30 GMT

The webinar presenter is John O'Brien, BRE Associate Director, Construction Innovation

John has benefited from working as both a contractor and a client in the building industry.John is a Chartered Builder and Chartered Environmentalist with 19 years experience in Construction and Social Housing before joining the BRE in 2008. He has worked for Costain Construction’s Refurbishment Division and other contractors, as well as being a self employed builder, before focussing on Asset Management in Social Housing, working on regeneration schemes in Central London.John is the Associate Director of the Innovation Park at BRE Watford, a demonstrator for low to zero carbon buildings, showcasing construction types and technologies to help deliver on ambitious housing targets in the UK. The Park naturally features various approaches to off-site methods.John joined BRE to work on the Rethinking Housing Refurbishment agenda, to deliver sustainable refurbishment, best practice to the industry and the DIY market. John project managed the flagship refurbishment Victorian Terrace at BRE’s site at Watford, and the refurbished Smart home, formerly the Integer House. John has overseen new builds on the Park incorporating IPV and battery storage, with more projects planned for 2017, as well as driving the refurbishment agenda.

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