Free course to help businesses enter the growing property flood resilience market

Businesses across the Yorkshire and Humber region are being offered FREE places on an online course aimed at helping them to benefit from the opportunities available in the growing property flood resilience sector.

It is being run by the Flood Innovation Centre at the University of Hull starting on 7 December for five weeks on Tuesday mornings, 9.30am to 12.30pm. You need to sign up by 12 November.

The 15-hour ‘Introduction to Property Flood Resilience’ course is particularly relevant to architects; builders; civil engineers; designers; engineers; flood risk managers; insurance professionals; health and safety consultants; landlords; manufacturers of doors, kitchens and windows; and tradespeople (including plasterers, roofers and joiners), but is open to any business with an interest in learning more about property flood resilience.

Participants will hear from a wide range of industry experts, who will cover everything from assessment risk and the latest technology to best practice, testing and accreditation. 

Anyone interested in attending the course can find out more and book a place via the website.

Property flood resilience is a term used to describe measures that reduce the risk of flood damage to properties, speed up recovery and help people to move back into properties quicker after flooding. A variety of different property flood resilience measures can installed in homes or business premises to make them less vulnerable to flooding. 

As the property flood resilience sector is relatively new, it offers an exciting opportunity for growth and expansion for businesses, particularly those currently working in the building, construction and project management fields. With major flooding events becoming more common due to climate change, demand for businesses with a knowledge of property flood resilience measures is likely to grow as home and business owners try to make their properties more resilient.

Flood Innovation Centre Project Manager Pip Betts said: “In the Humber region alone, flood risk poses an immediate danger to 32,500 businesses, 197,000 residential properties and 115,000 hectares of land. As a threat that impacts every sector, it’s essential that we turn flood risk into an opportunity that the region can thrive from. 

“Our free course will give businesses a comprehensive understanding of growth opportunities in the property flood resilience market and how they can tap into the increasing demand. There will also be opportunities to meet leading manufacturers of flood resilience products, as well as academics and local authority employees, to help build your network of contacts within the sector. Participants will also learn more about the help and support available to businesses looking to capitalise on the wealth of opportunities offered by this growing sector.”

If you live, work or operate in Yorkshire we need your help with evaluating Yorkshire Flood Resilience – one of three Pathfinder Projects in the country funded by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

iCASP is conducting a survey to determine whether the project has been a success and find out views from a wide range of people on PFR. It should take between 5 and 10 minutes to complete.

Through this evaluation, the impact of change and any useful lessons and insights will be shared with Defra, the Environment Agency and local authorities across the country. This will help shape future work to support the Environment Agency’s Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy’s ambition to mainstream PFR; and help encourage wider take-up by property owners at flood risk.

Please help use by completing the survey yourself, sharing it with your family and friends and your contacts in your organisations.

Many useful online resources have been created to explain in simple terms what property flood resilience is, how it works and what the benefits are. These include real life case studies featuring home and business owners from across Yorkshire; a fun but educational game for children; downloadable information packs for homeowners and businesses; and a series of online introductory training modules.