A-016 Coastal Building Materials

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Coastal Building Materials

The Coastal Building Materials online PDH course is a part of the Building Design category of courses. This course provides technical guidance and recommendations on building materials used in coastal residential buildings. This course covers special considerations that must be made when selecting building materials for a coastal building. The harsh environment requires that more substantial building materials be used and more care taken when using these materials in order to ensure durability, hazard resistance, and reduce maintenance. The materials discussed can be used when dealing with both flood and wind hazards. Other factors such as corrosion and decay resistance will also be covered. This course is also intended to provide an idea of what the best practice should be when selecting a material for a coastal building.

This course is based on FEMA “Home Builder’s Guide to Coastal Construction”, Technical Fact Sheet Series, FEMA P-499.

This course is intended for use by architects, civil  and structural engineers, materials engineers, design and construction professionals, owners, facility managers, students and others interested in learning about coastal building materials.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • provide guidance and best practices on selecting building materials to use for coastal construction
  • define a flood damage-resistant material
  • provide guidance on non-traditional building materials and techniques and their appropriate application in coastal environments
  • describe alternative and non-traditional materials and systems such as engineered wood products, structural insulated panels (SIPs), insulating concrete forms (ICFs), prefabricated shear walls and moment frames, and sprayed closed-cell foam insulation
  • describe the moisture barrier system, explain how typical wall moisture barriers work
  • identify common problems associated with moisture barrier systems

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