One of the greatest environmental threats to buildings and possibly the hardest to combat is flood. Until now the humble sandbag has been the primary weapon in the front line of flood defence but the UK has pioneered the world’s first quality standard for temporary barriers and household products designed to protect individual homes and small communities from floodwaters.
The first flood protection products to win the coveted BSI Kitemark , a well-known quality standard for consumer goods, are 'Floodguard' and 'Floodgate' both flood boards and 'Pallet Barrier'. The Kitemarked devices have been tested in a purpose-built rig at HR Wallingford's laboratories in Oxfordshire. The rig incorporates a row of terrace house 'fronts' complete with doors, windows, patio doors and airbricks, and a wave machine for realistic testing.