Are stilted homes the future for construction in the UK's flood prone areas?

Saunders, Charles (2010) Are stilted homes the future for construction in the UK's flood prone areas? BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This research project reports on whether stilted homes are a viable alternative to normal construction for new build properties in the UK’s flood prone areas as a means of mitigating losses incurred from flooding. The project identifies flood risk areas and identifies the specific damage caused to people and property from flooding incidents. A comprehensive review of academic literature has been used to highlight mitigation measures for existing dwellings in flood prone areas and provide detailed information on stilted home construction and its complications. The academic literature reviewed helped to identify flood risk areas, it provided information on specific damages incurred to people and property following a flood. Appropriate means of mitigating losses by incorporating resistance and resilience measures were also detailed. It was felt that primary data should be collected and triangulated with academic literature reviewed to truly obtain a holistic view of these subject areas. The researcher collected primary data to identify views, opinions and awareness of flooding, mitigation measures and the stilted home. Data was collected from the general public and property professionals by means of survey questions. In total 50 respondent’s views were collected 25 from the general public and 25 from property professionals. The results showed that stilted homes can build in the UK’s flood prone areas, with a unanimous 100% of property professional’s surveyed believing that the stilts could be built to withstand the kind of flood water forces encountered in the UK. A high percentage of respondents believed stilted homes were a feasible alternative to normal construction. Respondents also showed a willingness to buy a stilted home if moving to a flood prone area, understanding avoid the associated damages to themselves and their property from flooding. However there are serious constraints to stilted home development such as, the statement of principles agreement this agreement sets forth that any new build properties even the stilted home would be uninsurable in areas with a higher than 1 in 75 chance of flooding each year as of the 1st January 2009. Unfortunately these high risk areas are exactly where the stilted home would be the most appropriate and cost effective. For stilted homes to come to fruition these conditions need to be relaxed in favour of change and innovation.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: ?? EDAM ??
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:49
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:16
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/1028

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