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The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has published its ‘Building Blueprint’ – ten policy priorities to make premises less vulnerable to the key threats of fire and flooding.

The Building Blueprint includes:

On flooding…

  • Protect communities by spending more on building and maintaining flood defences
  • Protect homes and businesses by increasing the use of flood resilience measures within properties. 
  • Prevent increased flood risk by including sustainable drainage systems in all new developments. 
  • Increase understanding of flood risk by giving purchasers up-front information. 
  • Improve planning processes to ensure no inappropriate developments are built in high flood risk areas. 

On fire...

  • Improve safety for firefighters and residents in high rises by reintroducing stricter rules for tall buildings. 
  • Reduce the risk to new build properties by guaranteeing the use of materials that don’t burn on the outside of tall buildings. 
  • Protect refurbished properties by ensuring any changes either maintain or improve the level of fire protection. 
  • Keep fire-safety rules for buildings up-to-date by regularly reviewing them so they keep pace with construction methods. 
  • Introduce compulsory sprinklers for new schools, care homes and warehouses over 2000m2. 

Read the document.

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