news from BRE

published: 20/9/2012

Implementing flood-resilient practices conference, 27-28 September 2012

International conference presents key flood risk management strategies for policy makers and building professionals.

Summer 2012 was officially the wettest summer in the UK for 100 years. Recent Met Office figures revealed an average rainfall across Britain from June 1 to August 28 of 358.5mm (14 inches) compared with the typical summer average of 227mm (9 inches). As urban drainage systems struggle to cope with more than three times the average rainfall in some areas, it provides a stark reminder of the potential for flooding in the built environment.

BRE in conjunction with international partners the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens is running a two-day conference and exhibition for policy makers and building professionals on implementing flood-resilient practices. There has been a growing awareness amongst public authorities and the flood management industry that traditional measures to manage flood risk will not be sustainable in the future.  The cost of primary flood defences, combined with increasing urbanisation and climate change means that flood resilience measures will be required as part of the solution. 

There is an extensive range of flood risk strategies available, however, their implementation as part of a sustainable approach to flood risk management has required further consideration. The conference will examine recent research in this area, covering topics including:

  • Innovative flood resilient (FRe) technology
  • Testing and standards for FRe technology
  • FRe systems
  • Flood risk damage modelling
  • FRe – decision support tools
  • Challenge of integration

The conference will also explore the scientific outputs of the FP7 SMARTeST Project, which is seeking to integrate flood resilient technologies into decision making by professionals and policy makers. 

Venue: National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, Main Building, 30 Panepistimiou Street, Athens, Greece; 27-28 September 2012

To register for your free place at the conference or to exhibit, visit or contact Dr Stephen Garvin at BRE on 01355 576200.