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Flooding in buildings
Climate change will inevitably mean more rainfall and more floods in the UK. Integrated planning and more enlightened land management policies are required to reduce and mitigate the impact of the problem. Sources of information are available to surveyors involved in due diligence but surveyors need, more than ever, to be alert to the possibility of flooding affecting a property both from river systems and from surface water. Conventional remedial strategies following flood damage may not be the best approach. Properties that are prone to repeated flooding can be made more resilient by a range of measures. The prospect of higher rainfall calls for a rethink of important aspects of building design.
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David Gibbon is a Chartered Building Surveyor (MRICS) and Chartered Building Engineer (MCABE). He is also accredited in Conservation by RICS (RICS Certified Historic Buildings Professional). He has over 35 years of post-qualification experience. He is one of the founding directors of GLM, a firm of chartered building surveyors, architects and project managers based in Edinburgh. The practice undertakes a wide range of alteration, refurbishment, repair and conservation projects to historic, traditional and modern buildings along with pre-acquisition surveys of old, unusual, historic and dilapidated buildings including tenemental buildings in Scotland.