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Flood Resilience House Level

Flood Resilience at house level involves a balance between the architectural intent and the level of protection required.

We have collected some examples in which we believe this is achieved.

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House

This house designed by Mies is the one having the smallest footprint. It is least disruptive to the environment, enclosed by a glass ceiling.

The construction of this house began after World War II (1945), and the materials like travertine floors and steel were sourced from Europe.

A technique called plug welding had been incorporated in the construction of the Farnsworth House, where any bolts or welds cannot be seen.

This house is located along the river in the woods.

Though the house has been raised five feet and three inches from the ground, the house is prone to floods every year.

Source: https://www.dwell.com/article/farnsworth-house-flooding-ludwig-mies-van-der-rohe-a1d85bbd

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Home in Puget Sound - Designs Northwest

This home in Washington’s Puget Sound designed by two architects – Tom Rochon and Dan Nelson, has a foundation with pilings that can withstand intense earthquakes, high-velocity tsunami waves, and 85 miles per hound wind.

The lower level is simple with concrete floors, a western red cedar ceiling, and open concrete columns.

The overhead doors that open to the north and the south are made of clear and translucent glass.

The main level (887-square-feet) looks cool opening up to the principal bedroom and a sleeping loft at the third level (198-square-foot).

Spectacular water views are available from many points inside the house and a built-in sun deck provides privacy from the road.

The lower and main levels are connected by a staircase made of bent steel.

Source: https://www.dwell.com/article/this-puget-sound-fortress-is-braced-for-a-tsunami-bedbc883

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House Flood Resilience
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Amphibious Home - Baca Architects

Do you want to enjoy the waterfront from your home even amidst floods? Check this home out by Richard Coutts and Robert Barker who are the founders of Baca Architects.

This home is built in the river Thames on an island near Marlow. According to the design, when the water level rises, this home will float in order to prevent damage.

The base of the house is made of permeable concrete such that the water that inflows make the home float.

Four, eight-foot-tall steel poles that are higher than the projected flood level of the area, are used.

These homes are 20% costlier than the traditional models.

The second iteration of these homes has been planned to be built on the River Thames. 

There is another plan for 670 homes on a wetland that has remained unsettled for 25 years.

Source: https://www.architectmagazine.com/technology/amphibious-home-offers-solution-to-united-kingdoms-flood-prone-neighborhoods_c

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POP-UP CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION

The pop-up climate change adaptation aims to solve three problems at once.

It aims to solve the three problems of car parking, urban spaces, and water reservoirs.

With contributions from companies like COWI and RAMBØLL in terms of financial calculations and structural models, this project is developed.

A combination of a large water reservoir with a parking lot that can oscillate up and down as the reservoir empties and fills with water. The work is based on Archimedes’s principle of flotation.

During heavy rain, the rainwater flows through the sewer system to the reservoir. The parking structure is raised based on the hydrostatic buoyancy from the water and perforates.

The circular shape of the reservoir and the parking structure helps with the buoyancy.

When the sewage system gradually gains the capacity for rainwater handling, the water returns to the sewer network and the parking structure is lowered.

It is estimated that the POP-UP design is thrice as expensive as the conventional parking house above the ground.

Source: https://www.tredjenatur.dk/en/portfolio/pop-up/

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D*house by David Ben Grunberg

The D*house draws inspiration from the D*Table, which is based on the concept of turning a perfect square into a perfect triangle.

This house also draws inspiration from a flower or more broadly nature allowing energy conservation by taking advantage of the optimum times of the day.

Source: https://www.frameweb.com/article/qa-dhaus

NL Architects - SuperMarket

VANKE Housing Corporation approached NL Architects for a proposal for a SuperMarket to be a part of a big resort in Sanya, the southernmost city in China located in the Hainan province.

This SuperMarket could be built in a layer of small shops and the large basement could be used to draw customers into the SuperMarket. Logistics and delivery could also be placed underground.

A pavilion with retail and cafes could be used as the entrance to the underground space.

A triangular plot allows for a shortcut and a mini shopping street is planned.

A stepped landscape like a natural rice paddy-like valley is planned atop the triangular building and it will also serve as a great view for the neighborhood.

Source: http://www.nlarchitects.nl/slideshow/214

 

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West Sussex House – AR Design Studio

To minimize the flood impact of the site, a four-bedroom house would be raised above the ground using solid brick plinths.

The property design – Five Elms is based on a grade II listed warehouse on the water of Bosham Quey of the 18th century.

As the house is elevated, it provides unhindered views. 

Contemporary linear brick and solid flint material were used for the ground floor while lightweight timber is used for the first floor.

Source: https://www.bdonline.co.uk/news/ar-design-studio-sails-through-planning-with-west-sussex-house/5099583.article

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Sequential Test – District

Sequential Test City District - Urban Water

Our Benefits:

  • Immediate communication with council to determine study area
  • Report in accordance with the local guidelines
  • Assess multiple resources of planning information as per agreed with the council
  • Give preliminary advice on potential sites
  • Recommend appropriate site for assessment
  • Allows for one set of consolidated comments/amendments following the first issue of the report 

What we need from you:

  • Site Address
  • Development Plans
  • Local Planner Contact Details

Single House

Sustainable Drainage Systems Single House

Key Benefits:

  • Design compliant with Building Regs and local water company
  • Scope of site investigations
  • Capacity Assessments from Water Companies
  • Undertake Detailed Hydraulic Modelling
  • Clear Planning Conditions
  • Produce Construction Drawings
  • Providing drawings in .pdf

What we need from you:

  • Site address
  • Site Layout
  • Topographical survey

Minor Development

Flood Risk Assessment Single House

Key Benefits:

  • First draft in 48 hours with the final report in 20 days (dependent on ea information)
  • Report in accordance with the environment agency and with national policy planning framework
  • Allows for one set of consolidated comments/amendments following the first issue of the report

What we need from you:

  • Site address
  • Development plans
  • Topographical ground levels

Major Development

Flood-Risk-assessment-Major-Development

Key Benefits:

  • First draft in 48 hours with the final report in 20 days (dependent on ea information)
  • Report in accordance with the environment agency and with national policy planning framework
  • Allows for one set of consolidated comments/amendments following the first issue of the report

What we need from you:

  • Site address
  • Development plans
  • Topographical ground levels

Strategic Development

Flood Risk Assessment Strategic Development

Key Benefits:

  • First draft in 48 hours with the final report in 20 days (dependent on ea information)
  • Report in accordance with the environment agency and with national policy planning framework
  • Allows for one set of consolidated comments/amendments following the first issue of the report

What we need from you:

  • Site address
  • Development plans
  • Topographical ground levels

Single House

Drainage Strategy Single House

Key Benefits:

  • The drainage strategy will inform the flood risk assessment
  • Assessment of available geological records or site investigation if available
  • Obtain and review sewer plans
  • Evaluate potential use of suds applicable to site
  • Determine climate change allowances
  • Undertake basic hydraulic modelling of foul and surface water
  • Calculate storage volumes to comply with suds guidance
  • Indicate discharge points and rates for foul water
  • Indicate applicable suds and volume distribution at a principle level
  • Provide single sketch concept of the drainage strategy
  • Allows for one set of consolidated comments / amendments following first issue of report

What we need from you:

  • Site address
  • Site Layout
  • Topographical survey

Minor Development

Drainage Strategy Minor Development

Key Benefits:

  • The drainage strategy will inform the flood risk assessment
  • Assessment of available geological records or site investigation if available
  • Obtain and review sewer plans
  • Evaluate potential use of suds applicable to site
  • Determine climate change allowances
  • Undertake basic hydraulic modelling of foul and surface water
  • Calculate storage volumes to comply with suds guidance
  • Indicate discharge points and rates for foul water
  • Indicate applicable suds and volume distribution at a principle level
  • Provide single sketch concept of the drainage strategy
  • Allows for one set of consolidated comments / amendments following first issue of report

What we need from you:

  • Site address
  • Site Layout
  • Topographical survey

Major Development

Drainage Strategy Major Development

Key Benefits:

  • The drainage strategy will inform the flood risk assessment
  • Assessment of available geological records or site investigation if available
  • Obtain and review sewer plans
  • Evaluate potential use of suds applicable to site
  • Determine climate change allowances
  • Undertake basic hydraulic modelling of foul and surface water
  • Calculate storage volumes to comply with suds guidance
  • Indicate discharge points and rates for foul water
  • Indicate applicable suds and volume distribution at a principle level
  • Provide single sketch concept of the drainage strategy
  • Allows for one set of consolidated comments / amendments following first issue of report

What we need from you:

  • Site address
  • Site Layout
  • Topographical survey

Single House

Foul Drainage Design Single House

Key Benefits:

  • Design compliant with Building Regs and local water company
  • Scope of site investigations
  • Capacity Assessments from Water Companies
  • Undertake Hydraulic Modelling
  • Treatment Plant Sizing
  • Drainage Field Calculations
  • Providing design in .pdf
  • Clear Planning Conditions
  • Produce Construction Drawings

What we need from you:

  • Site address
  • Site Layout
  • Topographical survey

Major Development

Foul Drainage Design Major Development

Key Benefits:

  • Design compliant with Building Regs and local water company
  • Scope of site investigations
  • Capacity Assessments from Water Companies
  • Undertake Hydraulic Modelling
  • Pumping Station Calculations
  • Rising Main Design
  • Provide design in .pdf and .dwg
  • Clear Planning Conditions
  • Produce Construction Drawings

What we need from you:

  • Site address
  • Site Layout
  • Topographical survey

Minor Development

Foul Drainage Design Minor Development

Key Benefits:

  • Design compliant with Building Regs and local water company
  • Scope of site investigations
  • Capacity Assessments from Water Companies
  • Undertake Hydraulic Modelling
  • Pumping Station Calculations
  • Rising Main Design
  • Providing design in .pdf and .dwg
  • Clear Planning Conditions
  • Produce Construction Drawings

What we need from you:

  • Site address
  • Site Layout
  • Topographical survey

Minor Development

Sustainable Drainage Minor Development

Key Benefits:

  • Design compliant with Building Regs and local water company
  • Scope of site investigations
  • Capacity Assessments from Water Companies
  • Undertake Detailed Hydraulic Modelling
  • Clear Planning Conditions
  • Produce Construction Drawings
  • Providing drawings in .pdf and .dwg

What we need from you:

  • Site address
  • Site Layout
  • Topographical survey

Sequential Test – City

Sequential Test City Borough - Urban Water

Our Benefits:

  • Immediate communication with council to determine study area
  • Report in accordance with the local guidelines
  • Assess multiple resources of planning information as per agreed with the council
  • Give preliminary advice on potential sites
  • Recommend appropriate site for assessment
  • Allows for one set of consolidated comments/amendments following the first issue of the report 

What we need from you:

  • Site Address
  • Development Plans
  • Local Planner Contact Details

Major Development

Sustainable Drainage Major Development

Key Benefits:

  • Design compliant with Building Regs and local water company
  • Scope of site investigations
  • Capacity Assessments from Water Companies
  • Undertake Detailed Hydraulic Modelling
  • Clear Planning Conditions
  • Produce Construction Drawings
  • Providing drawings in .pdf and .dwg

What we need from you:

  • Site address
  • Site Layout
  • Topographical survey

Zero Carbon Design

Zero Carbon - Climate Change Adaptation

Key Benefits:

  • Complete Cycle Assessment
  • Early Design Optimization
  • Embodied Carbon Calculation
  • Circularity Assessment
  • Carbon Benchmarking
  • Our calculations are based on the LCA standards (CEN/TC350, ISO 218930)
  • It follows the RICS building stages
  • All CO2 values taken from the verified EPD database
  • Compliant with BREEAM UK and CEEQUAL Standards

What we need from you:

  • External Work Layout
  • Initial Drainage Design
  • Site Layouts

Zero Carbon Design

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Key Benefits:

  • Tackle Climate and Nature Crises in Master Planning
  • Example of Using Nature-Based Solutions around the world
  • Utilize the Government’s Research to identify area in which Local and Regional Nature-Based Solutions can be implemented.

Urban Areas

Hydraulic River Modelling - Urban Water

Our Benefits:

  • Models fully approved by the Environment Agency
  • Obtain LIDAR data
  • Produce Hydrological and hydraulic assessment
  • Model Climate Change
  • Site Visit
  • Scope Topographical and measurement survey

What we need from you:

  • Site Location Plans
  • Topographical survey of the site
  • All correspondence with the Environment Agency

Rural Areas

Hydraulic Modelling of River Flow

Our Benefits:

  • Models fully approved by the Environment Agency
  • Obtain LIDAR data
  • Produce Hydrological and hydraulic assessment
  • Model Climate Change
  • Site Visit
  • Scope Topographical and measurement survey

What we need from you:

  • Site Location Plans
  • Topographical survey of the site
  • All correspondence with the Environment Agency

Exception Registration

Flood Risk Activity Permit Exception Application - Urban Water

Our Benefits:

  • Fast assessment on the required exception application
  • Follow up on the Environment Agency
  • Review of your design
  • Review of the contractor’s method statement
  • Assess  the environmental risk for the site

What we need from you:

  • All detailed drawings
  • RAMS
  • Flood Risk Assessment
  • Construction Phase Plan

Standard Rules Permit

Flood Risk Activity Permit Standard Application - Urban Water

Our Benefits:

  • Fast assessment on the required exception application
  • Follow up on the Environment Agency
  • Review of your design
  • Review of the contractor’s method statement
  • Assess  the environmental risk for the site

What we need from you:

  • All detailed drawings
  • RAMS
  • Flood Risk Assessment
  • Construction Phase Plan

Bespoke Permit

Flood Risk Activity Permit Bespoke Application - Urban Water

Our Benefits:

  • Fast assessment on the required exception application
  • Follow up on the Environment Agency
  • Review of your design
  • Review of the contractor’s method statement
  • Assess  the environmental risk for the site

What we need from you:

  • All detailed drawings
  • RAMS
  • Flood Risk Assessment
  • Construction Phase Plan

Sequential Test – Village

Sequential Test Village- Urban Water

Our Benefits:

  • Immediate communication with council to determine study area
  • Report in accordance with the local guidelines
  • Assess multiple resources of planning information as per agreed with the council
  • Give preliminary advice on potential sites
  • Recommend appropriate site for assessment
  • Allows for one set of consolidated comments/amendments following the first issue of the report 

What we need from you:

  • Site Address
  • Development Plans
  • Local Planner Contact Details

Sequential Test – Town

Sequential Test Town - Urban Water

Our Benefits:

  • Immediate communication with council to determine study area
  • Report in accordance with the local guidelines
  • Assess multiple resources of planning information as per agreed with the council
  • Give preliminary advice on potential sites
  • Recommend appropriate site for assessment
  • Allows for one set of consolidated comments/amendments following the first issue of the report 

What we need from you:

  • Site Address
  • Development Plans
  • Local Planner Contact Details

Extensions

Flood Risk Assessment Single House

Key Benefits:

  • First draft in 48 hours with the final report in 20 days (dependent on ea information)
  • Report in accordance with the environment agency and with national policy planning framework
  • Allows for one set of consolidated comments/amendments following the first issue of the report

What we need from you:

  • Site address
  • Development plans
  • Topographical ground levels