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Floodproofing

Floodproofing: What it is, and how we approach it as a committee

Floodproofing, for purposes of this committee's work, includes methods that protect buildings from flood damage,

  • for new construction and substantial improvements, by incorporating flood resistant design and materials, and
  • for retrofitting, altering the building or property so as to prevent or reduce exposure to floodwater or reduce damage caused by the entry of floodwater

In general we deal with methods that would be credited under Activity 530 (1999 edition) of the Community Rating System (for retrofit) and with methods that would be considered as making new buildings compliant with NFIP development standards.

We approach floodproofing from every angle: technical, tools, policy, and education.

Successful application of floodproofing requires knowledge of

  • Techniques and materials
  • Code requirements
  • Engineering Design
  • Certification (for elevation and non-residential dry floodproofing)
  • Accurate risk estimation (mapping)

Floodproofing, and the degree to which it is employed, is also affected by

  • Policy that facilitates, encourages and rewards floodproofing
  • Availability of funding and/or financing
  • Inspiration (access to completed floodproofing installations)
  • Justification (quantification of damages avoided)



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