What BS 851188 means for manufacturers
The new standard differs from PAS 1188 in several important ways. For example:
- The term ‘resistance’ (rather than ‘protection’) has been used to reflect the scope of the standard better and align it with the new code of practice and guidance for property flood tesilience (PFR) from the Construction Industry Research and Information Association (CIRIA).
- The designated maximum water depth (DMWD) has been removed so products that can meet greater depths can be tested.
Commercially, the new standard creates new opportunities. In the UK, certification to BS 851188 is supported by the Environment Agency, sponsors of PAS 1188, and it is likely to increase the confidence of buyers.