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This new report identifies the predicted climate risks to the property up to the 2080's, based on medium and high emission futures. Fixed fee of £30 INC VAT. Report emailed within 24 hours*.

Breakdown of forecasted risks of soil subsidence, coastal erosion, extreme wind & riverine, surface water and coastal flooding.

Climate Report for Property Purchase

(Last Updated: 26/06/2023)
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Key Takeaways
  • This report provides two scenarios, medium emissions with 2.4C increase and high emissions with 4.3C global warming by the 2100's.
  • This search is based on Representative Concentration Pathways from the Met Office.
  • The Climate Risk Report costs £30 INC VAT** and its turnaround time is 24 hours*.
  • This search is not mandatory but The Law Society is actively promoting its members to make homebuyers aware that this option is available, in order to make more fully informed property purchasing decisions.

  • Soil Subsidence
  • Coastal Erosion
  • Extreme Wind Days
  • Riverine Flooding
  • Surface Water Flooding
  • Coastal Flooding
  • Medium and High emission scenarios
  • Risks estimates at intervals up until the 2080's
Example Climate Risk Report from Dye & Durham

As we continue to miss global emission goals, many of us are becoming more concerned with the effects of climate change. While the environmental searches are based on historical data, this new report factors in predicted risks based on forecasted likelihood of extreme weather and flooding.

These reports are localised and are based on the most likely scenario being 'medium emissions' resulting in an increase to global temperatures of 2.4C by the 2100s.

Climate protesters with placards. Order a Climate Report through SAM Conveyancing for predicted climate hazard risks to your property.

What is a climate risk report?

The climate risk report is designed for purchasers of residential property, to help them understand the potential risks to the home now, compared to the 2050's based on 6 factors of climate change:

Soil Subsidence

Subsidence is the effect of shifting foundations, which weakens the structure of the building and in some cases causes collapse. Soil subsidence is usually caused by clay related shrinkage and swelling, peat shrinkage and sand washout. These will happen to varying degrees based on the level of rainfall, flash flooding and extreme temperatures. Large roots growing into the foundations can also damage the structural integrity of the building, but removing vegetation completely makes the ground less resilient to both dry and wet conditions, as well as losing shade giving leaves in the hotter months.

Coastal Erosion

Extreme weather and rising sea levels mean that cliffs in certain coastal areas are at risk of collapse. Certain areas have been identified within a projected 'coastal erosion exposure zone' based on predictions up until the 2080's. The report will identify whether the property falls within the exposure zone.

Extreme Wind Days

High winds and heavy storms can pose a serious threat to buildings. Winds can drive rain into the fabric of the building, which can cause decay over time. Extreme wind can lift the roof off of the building and twist or shear the frame from its foundations. If high winds break a door or window, or hurl an object which pierces the building, the risk of structural failure greatly increases.

Riverine Flooding

Riverine (fluvial) flooding affects properties near bodies of water, which may overflow due to heavy rainfall, insufficient or failing flood defences, or displacement of water due to the water body becoming obstructed. This can happen when high levels of sand or soil fill the riverbed after heavy rain, or larger debris blocks the flow of water.

Surface Water Flooding

Surface water (pluvial) flooding occurs when rainwater pools on the surface of the land, due to heavy rainfall and insufficient drainage infrastructure. Drier ground deflects water where it can run off, rather than absorbing it, so extreme dry and wet weather will cause heavy rainfall to flood lower lying areas.

Coastal Flooding

Rising sea levels and harsher storms mean that certain coastal areas are at greater risk of flooding. These areas have been identified within a projected 'coastal flooding exposure zone' based on predictions up until the 2080's. The report will identify whether the property falls within the exposure zone.

The report rates the hazard exposure for each factor in 5 levels: No exposure, Very low, Low, Medium & High, for both the medium emissions scenario and the high emissions scenario. Some factors which can be more accurately predicted are scored for each decade from the present until the 2080's while others are scored for the present, the 30's, 50's and 70's

How do you do a climate risk assessment?

Order using our easy online form and receive your report within 2 hours*. You'll receive detailed localised predictions of climate hazards based on medium emission levels and high emission levels. Simple as that.

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