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Building in Coastal Areas - 5 PDH

The design and construction of residential buildings in coastal zones presents problems not usually found in more inland locations. For example, all elements of the building must be able to withstand the large forces associated with high wind speeds and coastal flooding; additional care must be taken in constructing a building envelope that will withstand the intrusion of air and moisture under the effects of high wind speeds; utilities must be protected and, usually, placed above the design flood elevation; and exterior construction materials must be selected for durability in a moist, sometimes salt-laden, environment. This course discusses design and construction aspects of the above problems, as well as numerous other features of the coastal construction process. Specific design and best practices recommendations are given, and detailed guides for inspections of the various building elements are described.
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Manufacturer: Rossow


This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Foundation construction, including masonry, concrete, and wood materials

  • Selection of the appropriate type of foundation

  • Critical aspects of the foundation that should be inspected

  • Floor, wall, and roof framing

  • Design of framing system and walls for long life in a coastal environment

  • Critical aspects of the framing that should be inspected

  • Building envelope considerations

  • Selection of materials for a coastal environment

  • Critical aspects of the building envelope that should be inspected

  • Appurtenant structures (decks, storage buildings, pools, hot tub, walkways, and sidewalks)

  • Utility and mechanical equipment (elevators, HVAC, and electrical components)

  • Water and wastewater systems

  • Placement and constraint of tanks

This course is intended for civil, construction, structural, and mechanical engineers, and would also be of particular interest to engineers serving as building officials in the military or in government agencies concerned with residential construction practices.

This course includes a true/false and multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to highlight the general concepts of the course material.

The course is based on Chapter 13, Volume II of the publication, "Coastal Construction Manual," FEMA 55 3rd edition, 2000.


Tuesday, 01 March 2022
Generalized information for the most part. The course did keep my attention and I recommend it if you're interested in this subject.
Lance Brady

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