Learn and see the latest solutions developed for the built environment to help against the challenges of flooding, storms and extreme temperatures at Resilience14, Watford, 26 November 2014


Visitors to Resilience14 will learn about and see the latest solutions to help:

  • Predict and plan for severe weather events
  • Implement practical solutions to prepare for extreme weather
  • Design more resilient buildings and infrastructure
  • Repair and mitigate against the effects of climate change more effectively
  • Understand the implications of resilience on insurance and risk

BRE Centre for Resilience 


BRE Centre for Resilience is a research hub that will be delivered in partnership with government and the construction industry and the insurance sector. 
Stephen Garvin and the steering group for the Centre for Resilience are working together to provide a platform for all of BRE’s resilience related work. This will provide a platform for BRE to present our work/projects/knowledge around the theme of resilience.
View the agenda here

Policy Paper Launch

A key feature will be the launch of a policy paper, prepared by Stephen Garvin, an overview of which is below:
“… Flood resilience is the product of a systematic approach to the assessment and management of flood risk. It considers a range of technical and non-technical solutions that can be applied at different scales. Amongst these is the need to incentivise organisation and individual behaviours to take measures to manage flooding, no longer accepting that it is someone else who has the responsibility, or indeed the problem. Incentivising is helped by having appropriate technologies and standards required to create a flood resilient built environment. Although much has been done and achieved in the past few years, there remains substantial challenges that need thorough, highly quality research and translation of the research into guidance and good practice.”

We will be launching the Good Building Guide ‘Applying flood resilience technologies’ on the Centre for resilience stand at the event. Copies of the publications will be available for purchase at a special conference discount rate. 

Innovate UK Report Launch

The official launch of the latest InnovateUK (formerly TSB) paper on the ‘Business case for climate adaption’, copies of the executive summary will be available to all visitors.

Flooding and infrastructure round tables

We will be joined by professionals from the sector to take part in one of a number of free to attend discussions during the event. Attending from BRE will be Dr Stephen Garvin who will be launching his white paper on Flood Resilience in the Built Environment, which will be one of the main themes of the discussion agenda. Although the discussions will be largely informal exchanges of views and ideas, a full agenda for the sessions will be informed by the mix of attendees and will be made available ahead of the event itself. 


Action Dry

Andy Habbershaw from Action Dry will run short presentations on the benefits of heat drying after a flood and will provide a working demonstration of the latest speed drying technology in operation. The speedry portable system is a fast drying system which mitigates secondary damage caused by uncontrolled heating and evaporation.



Environment Agency work to create a better place for people and wildlife and support sustainable development. Data Development & Licensing team are tasked with expanding the reach and influence of our data. Environment Agency have data ranging from waste activities to flooding.


Flex MSE, an innovative vegetated wall system that offers an eco-friendly flood defence solution with enhanced engineering stability and durability, will be showcased at Resilience14.
Developed in Canada and now available in the UK following an exclusive distributorship deal, the patented Flex MSE system comprises two engineered components; soil filled geotextile bags and spiked interlocking plates. A proven erosion control solution, Flex MSE is ideal for applications where land meets water, for example on culvert headwalls, channels, unstable stream banks, groins and weirs or on flood protection schemes. With very high settlement tolerance and rapid drainage, its components are able to withstand strong water flow and even complete submersion without breaking down prematurely.

Isothane is an established manufacturer of Polyurethane PrePolymers for chemical building products.

Exhibiting at Resilience14, Isothane products include the Technitherm® flood resilient closed cell polyurethane cavity wall insulation (CWI) protection system which reduces the risk of flood water ingress through cavity walls. Unlike conventional cavity wall insulation materials which can absorb or retain water and lose their insulating properties or disintegrate over time, Technitherm® remains serviceable after flood water recedes, and can reduce the misery, upheaval, disturbance, and financial hardship associated with prolonged drying out of flooded homes due to saturated materials within the cavities of walls.

Technitherm® is the first cavity wall insulation to pass the BRE Flood Resilience Test.



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