Companies working on flood-protection technologies will have their products tested in a mock living room housed inside a huge water tank, the Environment Agency has said.
If products pass tests at the Oxfordshire facility they will be awarded a Kitemark symbol - recognising that they meet new industry standards.
Flood products such as door gates or air brick covers will be installed inside the living room before the tank is ‘flooded’ with thousands of gallons of water. The test will gauge how effective the designs are at keeping water out of the home in a bid to ensure new products can stand up to the rigours of extreme rain.
The Environment Agency wants local authorities to protect individual properties from flooding by using their funding to install products with the Kitemark.
Its director of flood and coastal risk management, Robert Runcie, said: “The new testing facility and industry standard will help those at risk make informed choices and have confidence in the flood products they buy, as well as encouraging new product development.”