Property flood resilience surveying


Overview
The purpose of this standard is to provide candidates with the knowledge to assess the risk of flooding, and to develop strategies to provide flood resistance and resilience by adapting construction methods or carrying out alterations in existing buildings.

CITB has developed this standard in discussion with industry

Duration

Minimum 2 days of 6 learning hours

Purpose/scope

The purpose of this standard is to provide candidates with the knowledge to assess the risk of flooding, and to develop strategies to provide flood resistance and resilience by adapting construction methods or carrying out alterations in existing buildings. 

The scope of this standard covers:

  • history of construction methods used for flood resistance and resilience
  • sources and types of flooding and risks to the fabric of properties
  • hierarchy of flood resistance
  • characteristics of construction materials 
  • main flood risks to a property, including geographical and environmental features 
  • occupier liaison: approaches, needs, and expectations 
  • how to assess the main risks of flooding 
  • householder profiles and crucial factors 
  • flood resistance and resilience protection strategies 
  • structural effects of hydrostatic water loading in above ground construction materials in buildings during a flood event 
  • impact of flooding on: individuals, communities, businesses, construction materials and buildings 
  • resilience grants, insurance, and the role of government and local authorities 
  • assistance sources for flood victims and emergency services 
  • surveyor’s duty of care and responsibilities 
  • impacts of building construction on flood protection performance of a building 
  • significance of adjoining properties and the building context 
  • common and unexpected routes of floodwater ingress 
  • variety, diversity, characteristics, and limitations of property level flood defence measures 
  • influence of people, budgets, health & safety, and maintenance on the selection and delivery of flood resistance and resilience measures.

Occupational relevance

Training delivered against this standard would be relevant to the following occupational groups:

  • operative and craft
  • supervision.

Candidate pre-requisites

There are no candidate pre-requisites as part of this standard. However, it would be beneficial if candidates had experience in the relevant industry.

Instruction/supervision

As a minimum, course instructors must be able to demonstrate that, in relation to this standard, they have:

  • A train the trainer or instructional techniques course certificate
  • Successfully completed training to this standard 
  • At least 2 years relevant industrial experience
  • A verifiable CV.

Delivery

The following method may be used in the delivery of this standard:

  • classroom

All materials and equipment must be of a suitable quality and quantity for candidates to achieve learning outcomes, and must comply with relevant legislation.

The class size and candidate/instructor ratio must allow training to be delivered in a safe manner and enable candidates to achieve the learning outcomes.

This standard is considered to contain 51 per cent or more theoretical learning.

This standard is considered to be set at an intermediate level.

Assessment

For the successful completion of training, candidates must complete an end of course practical assessment or knowledge test that measures the learning outcomes and has a pass or fail criteria.

Quality assurance

Quality assurance against this standard will require initial approval of the training organisation and their content mapped to the standard. 

CITB will also conduct an approval intervention, either desk-based or centre visit, to ensure the training organisation can meet the requirements of the Training Standard. 

Approved training organisations (ATOs) will be required to present information on records of training and assessment upon request to CITB for desk-based analysis. They will also be visited annually by the CITB quality assurance team.

Renewal/refresher

Non-mandatory refresher every 3 years.

Approval date

November 2018

Review cycle

Either on request or in 3 years from approval date.

Learning outcomes

The candidate will be able to: Additional guidance to support learning outcome
Briefly describe the history of construction methods used for flood resistance and resilience  
Describe the sources and types of flooding and risks to the fabric of properties  
List the hierarchy of flood resistance  
List the characteristics of construction materials used in buildings  
Describe the main flood risks to a property, including geographical and environmental features Identify the main risks of flood to an example property, including geographical and environmental aspects
Describe the occupier liaison: approaches, needs, and expectations Explain how the assumptions and the knowledge gained from an example survey will affect the selection of a floor resisting or flood resilience scheme
Describe how to assess the main risks of flooding  
Describe householder profiles and crucial factors Complete an example householder profile and identify the crucial factors
Describe flood resistance and resilience protection strategies Design a flood resistance/resilience scheme for an example building, to offer predictable and reliable levels of resilience.
Describe the structural effects of hydrostatic water loading in above ground construction materials in buildings during a flood event  
Describe the impact of flooding on: individuals, communities, businesses, construction materials and buildings  
List resilience grants, insurance, and the role of government and local authorities  
Describe the assistance sources for flood victims and emergency services  
Describe the surveyor’s duty of care and responsibilities  
Describe the impacts of building construction on flood protection performance of a building Identify the construction and design features of an example property, and explain how these impact the building performance in a flood.
Describe the significance of adjoining properties and the building context  
Describe common and unexpected routes of floodwater ingress
 
Describe the variety, diversity, characteristics, and limitations of property level flood defence measures
Assess an example property for its flood resistance/resilience
Describe the influence of people, budgets, health & safety, and maintenance on the selection and delivery of flood resistance and resilience measures  

 

Additional information about this standard

Governmewnt UK information

British standards

Find out more about British Standards

  • BS EN 1997-1 2004+A1:2013 Eurocode 7. Geotechnical design. General rules
  • BS 5250 2011 Code of practice for control of condensation in buildings
  • BS 5930 2015 Code of practice for ground investigations
  • BS 6576 2005+A1:2012 Code of practice for diagnosis of rising damp in walls of buildings and installation of chemical damp-proof courses
  • BS 8102 2009 Code of practice for protection of below-ground structures against water from the ground
  • BS 85500:2015 Flood resistant & resilient construction. Guide to improving flood performance of buildings 
  • PAS 64 2013 Mitigation and recovery of water damaged buildings – Code of practice
  • BS EN 13564-1 2002, Anti-flooding devices for buildings – Requirements
  • BS EN 13564-2 2002 Anti-flooding devices for buildings – Test methods
  • BS EN 13564-3 2003 Anti-flooding devices for buildings – Quality assurance
  • PAS 1188-1 2014 Flood protection products – Specification – Part 1: Building apertures
  • PAS 1188-2 2014 Flood protection products – Specification – Part 2: Temporary products
  • PAS 1188-3 2014 Flood protection products – Specification. Part 3: Building skirt and wall sealant systems
  • PAS 1188-4 2014 Flood protection products – Specification – Part 4: Demountable products 
  • PAS 64 2013 Mitigation and recovery of water damaged buildings – Code of practice

Legislation

See government legislation in detail

  • Building and Buildings, England and Wales: The Building Regulations 2010.
  • The Building (Scotland) Regulations 2004
  • Statutory Rules of Northern Ireland
  • Conservation (Natural Habits etc) Regulations 1994
  • The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 (CDM)

Code of practice in development

  • Code of practice and guidance for property flood resilience - RP1055
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