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Specifying Foundation Flood Vents for Building Sustainability, Durability and Performance

Required in floodplain construction, foundation flood vents protect buildings during flooding. This course identifies the effects of hydrostatic pressure on building sustainability and explains the role of vents on building enclosure performance in relationship to air, water and land use. It identifies relevant FEMA regulations and ICC building codes and summarizes the LEED® categories where foundation flood vents can contribute credits. The course lists the requirements for flood vent compliance, the characteristics of non-engineered and engineered models in terms of optimizing health, durability, maintenance and methods for achieving flood vent certification. Two post-Hurricane Katrina case studies demonstrate how insurance premiums were significantly reduced by the specification of engineered foundation flood vents.

Learn At Your Own Pace:

You can take this course and follow along at your own pace. Speed up, slow down, or stop now and finish later. Click "Take the Course Test" to go straight to the test and earn your credits. You'll know immediately if you have earned credits and you will be able to print out your certificate of completion instantly.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Identify the effects of hydrostatic pressure on building sustainability
  • Explain the role of foundation flood vents on building enclosure performance in relationship to air, water and land use
  • Identify FEMA regulations and ICC building codes as they relate to sustaining foundations in flood hazard areas
  • Analyze the differences between engineered and non-engineered foundation flood openings in terms of optimizing health, durability, and maintenance

AIA logo Credits: 1.00 HSW

Course Outline:

This course is a presentation designed to earn you 1.00 AIA/CES Learning Unit. Use the onscreen controls to pace the presentation to your liking, and then click "Take the Course Test" to take the exam for this course and earn your credit.

 
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