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A Guide to Elevating Homes for Flood Protection

COURSE NO: S04-015
A Guide to Elevating Homes for Flood Protection
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course provides an overview of the methods necessary for elevating residential structures for flood protection.


One of the most common of all retrofitting techniques is to raise an entire existing superstructure above the design Flood elevation (DFE). When properly elevated, the living area is placed above all but the most severe floods.


Elevating the house offers long term advantages over wet and dry floodproofing. Since cleanup after the flood is often much easier and limited to areas outside of the living area, elevating the house is often simpler and more cost effective than wet and dry floodproofing. The information in this course could also be useful in projects where elevating the house is necessary, regardless of the reason for elevating.


This 4 PDH online course is intended for engineers, architects, contractors and planners who are with the planning and implementation of elevating residential structures for flood protection.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Understanding specific methods of elevating a residential structures for flood protection
  • Knowing how to use the design flood elevation (DFE) in elevation design
  • Learning about designing openings for intentional flooding of enclosed areas below the DFE
  • Learning about elevating houses over crawlspace, basement, pier, pile and column foundations
  • Learning about elevating Slab-on-Grade houses with and without raising the slab with the house
  • Understanding how to elevate utilities of various types of houses
  • Understanding how to construct new living areas (second story addition) over an existing foundation for a 1-story house
  • Knowing how to evaluate changes to foundation and structural framing loads due to second story addition
  • Knowing how to evaluate changes from increased wind loads due to increased height
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the document titled, “A Guide to Elevating Homes for Flood Protection” which is based on the FEMA publication, Engineering Principles and Practices for Retrofitting Flood-Prone Residential Structures, Chapter 5E Elevation and a Case Study from Chapter 6 of the same. 

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
A Guide to Elevating Homes for Flood Protection s (4.6 MB)
Course Quiz

Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of twenty five (25) questions to earn 5 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on this FEMA publication.

The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you will be able to print it after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email it to you. Please note that you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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