Constructing Residential Structures in Coastal Areas
Jeffrey Havelin, P.E.
Construction of residential buildings in coastal zones presents challenges to the designer or builder not usually found in more inland locations. For all coastal residential buildings, these challenges may include the following:
This course discusses the construction aspects of the above challenges, as well as the basic aspects of the coastal construction process, and it is divided into the following sections
This course is
based entirely on the Chapter 13 Constructing the Building of the FEMA Publication
Coastal Construction Manual (FEMA-55). This course includes a multiple-choice
quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of course materials.
You will be quizzed on the subject document in its entirety.
This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:
This course is intended for engineers or architects involved in design or construction of residential structures.
Benefit for Attendee
This course was intended to provide valuable information and design guidance for engineers or architects involved in design or construction of residential structures located specifically in high-wind or coastal areas.
This course will
provide valuable design information and guidance, which can be incorporated
into future designs to prevent potential problems at residential structures
located in coastal areas. These structures are often subjected to high winds,
flooding and sometimes wave forces. Specific suggestions, procedures, and methods
are introduced in this course, which are based on previous problems, which were
identified to be inherent at specifically at coastal sites. Many examples and
photographs of structural damage are illustrated in this course to demonstrate
the potential problems that could have been prevented or reduced by using the
This course is based entirely on the Chapter 13 Constructing the
Building of the FEMA Publication Coastal Construction Manual -Third Edition
The link to the course materials is as follows:
click on the above underlined hypertext to view, download or print the document
for your study. Because of the large file size, we recommend that you first
save the file to your computer by right clicking the mouse and choosing "Save
Target As ...", and then open the file in Adobe Acrobat Reader.
At the completion of this course the student will have completely reviewed the design process required for residential buildings to withstand hurricanes and other severe natural hazard events. The specific case examples which were evaluated in detail during the course, explained each procedure with example calculations and complete diagrams, should be very helpful for the design professional.
Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.