TH38 - Designing for Flooding and Sea Level Rise

Thursday, November 29 from 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM « Back

Abstract Text:

Changing FEMA maps, requirements for floodproofing, rising sea levels, and calls for resiliency are some of the new challenges that designers, owners, insurers, and government officials are facing as inland and coastal flooding occurs more frequently. Owners and insurers are asking designers to address the increased risks of flooding as new policies and forecasts are issued about the impacts of climate change. Owner’s expectations for resilient building performance have been heightened and government agencies are demanding that designers consider resilience.

This presentation will address flood risks at new and existing buildings, discuss strategies for reducing flood risk, and review building design to resist flooding. We will explain building code requirements for flood hazard areas and describe basic approaches for wet and dry floodproofing. We will discuss vulnerability assessments of existing facilities and concepts for mitigating risk. We will also discuss the forecasts for sea level rise and strategies for addressing uncertainty in future sea levels in building design and construction.

Learning Objectives:

Understand building code requirements for buildings in Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHAs)

Understand dry floodproofing and wet floodproofing approaches and limitations of their use

Understand the forecasts for sea level rise and strategies for addressing sea level rise in building design

Understand the vulnerability assessment process and prioritizing flood risks at existing facilities


AIA Credit Hours:
1.5 LU | HSW

Education Tracks: Beyond Flooding: Designing Resilience

Event Type: Workshops > Session