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ABI Flood resilience kitemark needed for new homes

A new flood resilience kitemark is needed for housing developments planned in the floodplain, the ABI (Association of British Insurers) said today. The voluntary kitemark would set minimum construction standards, such as the use of water-resistant building materials.

Speaking today at the EXPO CO2 conference in Barcelona, Stephen Haddrill, the ABI's Director General, said:

"We need new homes, but the UK Government's plans to build three million homes by 2020 are in jeopardy unless we make them more resistant to flooding. A new standard and kitemark for new housing developments would benefit consumers, developers and insurers.

"Consumers would have more confidence in a property's ability to withstand a flood, developers could use it as a marketing tool, and insurers would be better placed to offer competitively-priced flood insurance. And it would help make the Government's vision a reality."

Last updated 01/07/2016