The appropriate and effective management of commercial property at risk of flooding demands well-targeted and informed advice from building professionals. RICS professionals can, in particular, provide advice in order to reduce the severity of loss, damage and disruption caused by flooding. However, the range of advice needed and the skills and knowledge required to deliver this guidance remains an elusive matter on which there has been a dearth of research until now. Previous research, albeit limited, indicates that the role of built environment professionals in providing this advice has been restricted due to a variety of real and perceived barriers. Aim and objectives The aim of this research is to provide insight on the current and future roles of built environment (and RICS) professionals in advising on commercial property at risk of flooding in a number of key international locations. The objectives of the study are: • To identify the role built environment professionals play and the skills they need in providing professional advice on flood risk in the context of commercial properties.
• To develop understanding of how different international insurance and regulatory regimes promote effective flood risk mitigation for commercial property.
• To explore the consistency of international approaches to the valuation of commercial property at flood risk.
• To investigate both perceived and real barriers and opportunities for built environment professionals in providing advice.
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