Full compliance with building codes for maximum flood resistance
Building in a flood zone is different and comes with a unique set of considerations. You cannot expect to follow the same construction codes applicable to other jurisdictions. On top of that, there are several regulations and community guidelines to follow. Following the codes is imperative; otherwise, you are likely to face building failures as a direct result.
You have to keep different codes in mind while designing a property for flood zones. The International Building Code (IBC) has distinct requirements for buildings located in flood zones. The NFPA 5000: Building Construction and Safety Code especially applies to buildings vulnerable to floods.
The mandatory provisions in the IBC are included mostly in Section 1612 (Flood Loads). You can also find applicable provisions in Section 106.2, Section 109.3.3, Section 1107.7.5 and more. Some jurisdictions may also adopt Optional Provisions listed in Appendix G (Flood-Resistant Construction). You may also need to refer to Section J101.2 (Grading, Flood Hazard Areas).
The applicable ordinances in NFPA 5000 are contained in Chapter 39 (Flood-Resistant Design and Construction). You may also need to consult Section 126.96.36.199.3.4, Chapter 35, Section 188.8.131.52 and Section 184.108.40.206 among others. The design and construction of the building may also need compliance with SEI/ASCE-7 and SEI/ASCE-24.
The codes and standards apply to various aspects of designing such as lowest floor elevation. You will also need to design flood openings, breakaway walls and other flood-proofing measures in accordance with the codes.
Our team has detailed knowledge of all codes, ordinances and regulations applicable to flood zones. We are also aware of local floodplain management regulations which affect the design of a building. Some states and governments also mandate additional requirements for flood zone design. You will need to consider them apart from fulfilling other codes.
Our designers abide by all regulations and develop full proof designs according to applicable codes. No matter where your property is located, we can ensure full compliance with rules. We always stay updated about latest developments in regulations or codes. Designing a building according to latest codes enable you to withstand forces of nature in a better way.
We help you build homes that get the go-ahead from the authorities and can resist floods effectively.