Dr Stephen Garvin, Director of BRE Centre for Resilience responds to the risk assessment issued this week to Government by the Committee on Climate Change. The report UK Climate Change Risk Assessment Evidence Report sets out the most urgent risks and opportunities arising for the UK from climate change and represents more than three years of work involving hundreds of leading scientists and experts.
‘This is a very welcome risk report from the Committee on Climate Change which highlights the importance of acting now on the infrastructure we develop so that long term resilience is designed in or retrofitted – this is what BRE’s CEEQUAL and BREEAM schemes enable – better adaption to climate change effects now and in the future.
But there is a substantial knowledge gap we need to fill to get the built environment ready and adapted for the future – the social, economic and environmental risks are significant. The BRE Centre for Resilience has made a start – later this year we will issue 2 reports on studies we’ve conducted around tackling overheating in urban dwellings and the development of flood resilience repair standards for homes.
We will also launch a new demonstration project with insurers AXA – a ‘flood resilient’ house which is being refurbished with a range of materials and products that will enable a home to recover quickly and with limited damage should flooding occur.
We are keen to do more to further knowledge and engage with a broader range of industry partners – that’s how we will drive the necessary changes ’