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Residential Coastal Construction (L-0386)

This course is designed to train participants to effectively use FEMA P 55, Coastal Construction Manual (4th Edition). The course and publication provide a comprehensive approach to planning, siting, designing, constructing, and maintaining homes in the coastal environment.  The course contains in-depth descriptions of design, construction, and maintenance practices that, when followed, will increase the durability of residential buildings in the harsh coastal environment and reduce economic losses associated with coastal natural disasters.

Selection Criteria: The primary audience for this course is engineers and architects. Floodplain managers and building code officials are also encouraged to attend. Hazard mitigation, planning, zoning, public works, and other building officials with building science knowledge and those from the private sector, such as engineering firms, may also apply.

Prerequisites: Recommended: Participants should complete IS 0279.a, Introduction to Retrofitting Flood-Prone Residential Buildings; and IS 0386.a, Introduction to Residential Coastal Construction. Taking these courses should also help potential participants establish whether they have the necessary level of building science knowledge to take the more advanced resident courses

CECs: 12 (CORE)

Course Objectives

·         Understand the basic principles of designing in a coastal environment: design premise, design framework, constraints, defining a ?successful? building.

·         Understand the differences in design requirements and expected performance between coastal construction and inland construction.

·         Understand the significance and ?lessons? of historical events at the coast.

·         Describe minimum requirements and ?best practices? for coastal construction.

·         Identify coastal hazards at potential building sites and identify where to obtain pertinent information.

·         Understand how to calculate design loads and conditions.

·         Understand the continuous load path principle.

·         Identify siting, design, construction, and maintenance defects that result in vulnerable buildings.

Mission Areas

·         Prevent

·         Protect

·         Mitigation


·         Emergency Management

Date(s)  Tue. Feb 05, 2019 0800-1700 
Wed. Feb 06, 2019 0800-1700 
Thu. Feb 07, 2019 0800-1700 
Fri. Feb 08, 2019 0800-1700 
Location FEMA Joint Field Office - Durham County
3039 Cornwallis Road - Building 307, Durham NC 27709 
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Building/Room Building 307 
Handicap Accessibility No
WiFi Access  
Offered By North Carolina Division of Emergency Management 
Primary Instructor TBD, To Be Determined 
Course Length 4 days 
Course Hours 28 
Attachments Travel Reimbursment Forms

Offering Specific Information

Reimbursement available:

NCEM is providing meal and lodging reimbursement for this offering within the NCOSBM Guidelines.  The guidelines and reimbursement forms are located as an attachment for this class.

Point of Contact - Dan Brubacker -   |   |  Emergency Management Program's HelpDesk: 919-825-2574   |  NCEM Email   |  Healthcare Program's HelpDesk: 919-855-3812   |  OEMS Email