The British Standards Institution (BSI) have developed their BSI Kitemark logo to demonstrate their quality of assurance of flood products and services through testing against their standard PAS 1188:2014 – Flood Protection Products. This standard was established to help give flood-affected property owners a reliable and trusted seal of approval to use in order to protect their assets from future events. A new specification of the standard was released in 2014, requiring for lower leakage from the certified product. The product that is to be certified must be independently witness tested and meet a minimum criteria in order to attain the standard. This is often done either annually following the initial testing or more than once a year.
There are 4 product areas covered by the standard:
- PAS 1188-1:2014 – Flood Protection products. Part 1: Building aperture products
- PAS 1188-2:2014 – Flood Protection products. Part 2: Temporary and demountable flood protection products
- PAS 1188-3:2014 – Flood protection products. Part 3: Buildings & building skirt systems
- PAS 1188-4:2014 – Flood protection products. Part 4: Demountable products
In addition to this, installers of these products can also be certified. Property surveys and installation services of the Kitemarked products have a separate scheme and have to meet certain requirements but can also be certified by BSI. This Kitemark holder is then regularly audited in order to ensure that minimum compliance standards are being met. The PAS 1188:2015 standard is available for purchase through the BSI website, along with more information about the content of the document.