Design and Construction Guidance for Breakaway Walls
This engineering online PDH course provides guidance on designing and constructing breakaway walls below elevated buildings located in coastal high hazard areas in accordance with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
Obstructions below an elevated building can significantly increase the potential for flood damage by increasing the surface area subject to wave impact and velocity flow. As such, NFIP regulations require that the area below the lowest floor of elevated buildings either be free of obstructions or have any enclosed areas be constructed of non-supporting breakaway walls, open lattice-work, or insect screening. The walls, lattice, or screening are intended to collapse under wave loads without causing collapse, displacement, or other structural damage to the elevated building or the supporting foundation system.
This 3 PDH online course is intended for structural and geotechnical engineers, as well as design and construction personnel involved in coastal design and construction projects.
This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:
- Understanding NFIP regulations concerning breakaway walls
- Learning about Flood Insurance Considerations affecting rates and costs of NFIP flood insurance for elevated buildings
- Knowing the Performance of Breakaway Walls
- Understanding the function of breakaway walls as well as their impact on other building elements
- Learning about the three different design methods for breakaway walls
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