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Design and Construction Guidance for Breakaway Walls

COURSE NO: S03-021
COURSE PROVIDER: Gilbert Gedeon, P.E.
Design and Construction Guidance for Breakaway Walls
Course Highlights

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.
Learning Objectives

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
Course Document
In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review Technical Bulletin 9-08 titled, "Design and Construction Guidance for Breakaway Walls" by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
Design and Construction Guidance for Breakaway Walls (1.6 MB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of twenty (20) questions to earn 3 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on the entire document.
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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