Flood resilient construction - A summary of the CLG guidance (Version 1)

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The 2007 floods resulted in the largest ever insurance payout for a weather-related event in UK history. The ABI in Summer Floods 2007: Learning the lessons reports that their members received around 165,000 claims, averaging approximately £20,000. The total cost was therefore in excess of £3 billion.

This Construction Briefing gives readers an overview as to how an increase in the right kind of timber frame construction could help alleviate the impact of floods in Britain.

The sheet, which reviews the recommendations of the CLG's Planning Policy Statement 25 (PPS25), explains the different types of flooding, the suggested different approaches to flood mitigation and ultimately how timber frame construction could be used in a number of different applications, to help mitigate against flood damage.



  • Main types of flooding
  • Brief overview of the CLG guidance
  • The main flood resilient design approaches
    • Flood avoidance
    • Flood resistance
    • Flood resilience
    • Flood repairable
    • Betterment
  • The CLG guidance and timber

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