The Puustelli Miinus kitchen range has been featured in a project to create the Flood Resilient Home.
The launch took place recently at the Building Research Establishment Innovation Centre near Watford and aims to offer homeowners in flood risk areas greater protection and quicker recovery times.
The Environment Agency, in a 2009 government publication of the national assessment, estimated that around 5.2 million properties in England are at risk of flooding.
Chief executive of Puustelli, Jussi Aine, said: “We’re proud and honoured to have been asked to become a product partner in the drive to assist victims of floods across the UK.”
Tony Lonnqvist, Puustelli Miinus project manager, added: “We’re extremely proud to be among the product partners featured in The Flood Resilient Home and honoured to be here at it’s launch. It’s such an important initiative designed to help victims in flood risk areas and although Miinus was developed on ecological grounds, the kitchen has excellent water resilience qualities.
“We’ve retained wood as a natural feature of the range as we felt it to be of great importance for the future of kitchens yet we chose materials that are robust and able to withstand water damage for a longer period when subjected to a flood. Where before, whole kitchens needed replacement due to flood damage, homeowners can move back in quickly as any affected components of Miinus can quickly be replaced. We are continually working on the future development of the range and as a partner in this initiative, we will look to improve still further, the existing water resistant properties of Miinus if required. Our kitchen ticks many boxes and projects like the Flood Resilient Home will help us make future decisions on how our pioneering range will evolve.”