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Coastal Construction - Designing the Building Envelope

COURSE NO: S04-018
COURSE PROVIDER: Gilbert Gedeon, P.E.
Coastal Construction - Designing the Building Envelope
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course provides guidance on the design of the building envelope in the coastal environment. The building envelope comprises exterior doors, windows, skylights, exterior wall coverings, soffits, roof systems and attic vents. In buildings elevated on open foundations, the floor is also considered a partof the envelope.


High wind is the predominant natural hazards in the coastal environment that can cause damage to the building envelope.Other natural hazards also exist in some localities. These may include wind-driven rain, salt-laden air, seismic events, hail and wildfire. The vulnerabilities of the building envelope to these hazards are discussed in this course, and recommendations on mitigating them are provided.


This 4 PDH online course is intended for 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:

  • Familiarizing with the different design strategies of exterior doors to withstand and resist natural hazards
  • Familiarizing with the different design strategies of windows and skylights to withstand and resist natural hazards
  • Understanding the different design options for roof systems to resist high winds, hail and seismic activates
  • Learning the design considerations for attic vents to withstand high winds, sun and wind driven rain
Course Document
In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review Chapter 11, "Designing the Building Envelope" 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 five (25) questions to earn 4 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on Chapter 11 of 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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