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Coastal Construction - Constructing the Building

COURSE NO: S04-016
COURSE PROVIDER: Gilbert Gedeon, P.E.
Coastal Construction - Constructing the Building
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course discusses constructing buildings, including foundation, framing, building envelop, and electrical and mechanical equipment, in coastal areas. Individual sections cover construction items that will probably require the most care or attention on the part of the builder in order for the design intent to be achieved. Builders may find that the permitting and inspection procedures in coastal areas are more involved than those in inland areas. Not only must all Federal, state, and local Coastal Zone Management and other regulatory requirements be met, the design plans and specifications may need to be sealed by a design professional.


Construction of residential buildings in coastal zones presents challenges to the builder not usually found in more inland locations. For all coastal residential buildings, these challenges may include the following:

  • Connection details require additional inspections
  • The need for careful surveying to place the building within property line setbacks and above The Design Flood Elevation (DFE)
  • The additional care required to ensure that all elements of the building will withstand the large forces associated with high wind speeds and coastal flooding
  • The additional care that must be taken in constructing a building envelope that will withstand the intrusion of air and moisture under the effects of high wind speeds
  • The difficulty of providing durable exterior construction in a moist, sometimes salt-laden, environment
  • The requirement to protect and, usually, place utilities above the DFE


In constructing coastal residential buildings on elevated pile foundations, builders face additional challenges:

  • The difficulty of constructing a driven pile foundation to accepted construction plan tolerances
  • The difficulty of building on an elevated post-and-beam foundation, compared to building on continuous wall foundations


This 4 PDH online course is applicable to structural engineers, design and construction personnel, and other technical professionals who are involved in coastal construction projects.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Constructing the foundation
  • Framing the main structure
  • Constructing the building envelope
  • Constructing the appurtenant structures
  • Installing electrical and mechanical equipment
Course Document
In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review Chapter 13, "Constructing the Building" of the Coastal Construction Manual, published by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Publication FEMA 55, Volume II.
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Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of twenty (20) questions to earn 4 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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