BRITISH STANDARDS Institution (BSI) kitemarks were last week awarded to three flood defence products after a series of rigorous tests.
The kitemarks are thought to be the first quality standards in the world for flood protection products.
'We don't launch new schemes very often. . . we have to be assured of a real need from industry and the public, ' said David Phillips, BSI Product Services sales and marketing manager.
Funding to develop the kitemark came from the Department of Trade & Industry (DTI). HR Wallingford was commissioned to develop a testing and certification system for products, working with BSI and the Environment Agency.
Performance specifications have been developed for temporary freestanding barriers and removable products for installation across building openings.
Two of the successful products were Floodgate, made by Floodgate Ltd, and Floodguard, made by Floodguard International, both demountable products for use on existing buildings.
The third, Pallet Barrier made by Geodesign, is a barrier which can be used on its own or with others to build up a larger flood defence. It is already being used in Europe.
'We are here to bury the sandbag, ' said Sir John Harman, chairman of the Environment Agency.
Kitemarks were awarded after the effects of standing water, waves and currents on the defences were measured alongside an assessment of manufacturing quality.
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