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President Obama highlights the need for resilient design

A meeting of US building industry representatives was held on May 12th in the White House to discuss resilient design.

Due to climate change, there has been a worldwide increase in hurricanes, flooding and drought in recent times. Resilient design is concerned with how to design buildings that can withstand extreme weather conditions.

President Barack Obama declared May as National Building Safety Month to highlight the need for effective building standards to withstand extreme conditions. The resilient design initiative follows on from the USA 2016 Climate Action Summit that discussed the actions needed to cope with climate change.

The Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) in the United States has issued resilient design guidelines, and its recommendations can be applied to British construction.

A section of the FLASH resilient design guidelines is devoted to flooring designed to reduce storm damage. Specifications include engineered floor joists, sill plates with anchor bolts, and fibre cement panels beneath the joists.

To prevent flood damage, flooring needs to be water resistant, so wooden floors are not ideal. Houses and workplaces in flood risk areas should consider replacing ground floors constructed from wood with solid concrete flooring. Floor coverings need to be attached using waterproof adhesives, and tiled flooring is better than carpets or laminate flooring.

If you are having solid flooring installed in your Cheshire or North Wales home or business premises, then it is worth discussing with your flooring contractor how to protect your floor from the effects of extreme weather conditions.

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