Whitehouse Construction has been a long-time supporter of CIWEM, particularly in regards to Property Flood Resilience. Whitehouse Construction were the primary enabler of CIWEM round table meetings which led to conception of the Property Flood Resilience (PFR) Code of Practice. The Whitehouse team have played an active role in the Code's development and delivered a large number of schemes across the country to highest quality standards. The CIWEM team is grateful to have the generous support of Whitehouse Construction to support delivery of this webinar series free of charge to the public.
Whitehouse Construction work on PFR for a vast array of customers, including the EA, Local Authorities (primarily via grant funded schemes) United Utilities, Thames Water and Severn Trent Water. They have also been awarded a place on the renewed Environment Agency (EA) Property Flood Resilience Framework for Survey, Supply & Installation and Supply & Installation for the next 4 years. Read more in their latest case study.
Steve has been involved in business management and civil engineering for over 30 years. During this time, he has actively participated in the continuous improvement of service delivery across many sectors, including water. Whitehouse Construction has delivered PFR since 2005, and they have engaged in many industry initiatives including thought leadership roundtables and the production of various industry standards. Steve is dedicated to bringing rigour and robustness into the delivery of PFR so that those at risk of flooding can have greater confidence in Property Flood Resilience.
Whitehouse Flood Doors are manufactured in-house for the sole purpose of being a Flood Door. Flood Doors can be manufactured to comply with both Listed Building and Conservation Area Regulations on a like-for-like basis, using both uPVC and timber. Doors are tested using innovated ultrasonic testing which can detect a pin-prick in a seal. Doors can be tested in-situ, providing complete assurance of the quality of the product and installation. All Whitehouse Flood Doors hold PAS 1188:2014 accreditation.
FloodArk flood barriers fit into discreet aluminium frames fitted either side of the opening. The boards are lightweight, easy to deploy in a flooding event and can be stored indoors when not in use. receiving the PAS 1188:2014 Kitemark, the FloodArk Flood Barriers provide effective mitigation against flooding, tested externally at HR Wallingford.
Floodgate flood barriers comprise of a 25mm thick, boxed steel frame covered by a 7mm thick blue neoprene cover. A jacking mechanism attached to the rear of the frame allows both the frame and cover to expand telescopically widthways into the walled area immediately in front of the door. Due to its unique expandable design, Floodgate does not normally need any permanent fittings to the property and does not require pre-drilling of the door frame, making it ideal for use on old and listed buildings. Floodgates have been independently tried and tested to BSI PAS 1188:2014 standard, are easy to deploy in a flooding event and can be stored indoors.
Automatic Airbricks are a passive solution that require no deployment in a flooding event. Under flood conditions, they use rising water to automatically shut off. With the ability to blend into the existing building fabric, they meet Listed Building requirements and are installed by directly employed installation teams.
Non-return valves are installed into the drainage system to prevent water backing up and surcharging into the property. They cannot be seen as are covered, usually by a manhole cover. A passive solution, they require no deployment in a flooding event. Non-return valves are installed by trained and competent directly employed installation teams.
Sump pumps are installed where sub floor voids are present, often in basements or garages. They mitigate risk of water entering through floors into the property. Sump pumps are installed by directly employed installation teams. Floors are reinstated following installation to provide an aesthetically pleasing finish with minimal disruption to residents.
Waterproofing treatment can be applied to external walls and masonry to mitigate risk of flooding. The clear treatment does not alter the appearance of the property and is therefore suitable for Listed Buildings and those in a Conservation Area. Water repellents properties are provided, and it can be used on a range of building materials. All treatments are undertaken by trained personnel, ensuring the appropriate PPE is worn to adhere to COSHH Regulations.