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Raised ground floor level

  • Description
  • Fields of action
  • Synergies
  • Good practice examples
  • References

The ground floor level of new buildings can be constructed in such a way that it is raised above expected flood levels. To achieve this, the following methods (among others) are available: 1. building on solid block foundations 2. raising the building on pillars 3. building on backfilled foundations What all designs have in common is that – as a rule – there is no cellar.

Fields of action Buildings
Synergies may exist between heavy rain risk management measures and other development goals like environmental protection, health care, and economic performance. Harnessing them requires involvement of different actors, enforcement of exchange between you and them and holistic thinking.

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  • Amt der Oberösterreichischen Landesregierung (2015): Hangwassermanagement Maßnahmenkatalog [management of pluvial floods catalogue of measures] (unpublished brochure, online version accessible at URL: https://www.land-oberoesterreich.gv.at/222593.htm): hangwassergeschütztes Bauen

Yvonne Spira, Umweltbundesamt