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IS-386 Introduction to Residential Coastal Construction

This independent study course will introduce you to basic information about residential coastal construction, as presented in Volume I of the Coastal Construction Manual. This multi-volume manual identifies best practices for improving the quality of construction and reducing the economic losses associated with coastal disasters.


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Construction of Residential Buildings in Coastal Areas
4 PDH - Construction of residential buildings in coastal zones presents challenges to the builder not usually found in more inland locations. This course discusses the construction aspects of those challenges, as well as basic aspects of the coastal construction process.

Design of Residential Buildings in (High Wind) Coastal Areas
12 PDH - This course will review the design process required for residential buildings (one to three-story) to withstand hurricanes and other severe natural hazard events.

Determination of Site-Specific Loads for Residential Buildings in Coastal Areas
6 PDH - This course will review the procedures and formulas required to determine the appropriate forces which residential buildings could become subjected to during hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis and other severe natural hazard events. The design procedures required to determine the site specific design loads (forces) which will be applied to the structure, is the basis of this course.

Prevention of Shoreline Erosion - Coastal Defense Schemes
3 PDH - This course was specifically designed to introduce the basic design concepts behind various coastal erosion defense schemes. Coastal structures are used in coastal defense schemes with the objective of preventing shoreline erosion and flooding of the adjacent coastal areas. Other objectives include sheltering of harbor basins and harbor entrances against waves, stabilization of navigation channels at inlets, and protection of water intakes and outfalls. An overview of the various types of coastal structures and their application is covered in detail within this course.


Coastal Construction Manual: Principles And Practices Of Planning, Siting, Designing, Constructing, And Maintaining Residential Buildings In Coastal Areas This manual provides guidance for the design and construction of coastal residential buildings that will be more resistant to the damaging effects of natural hazards.



Hurricane / Coastal Construction

The purpose of this fact sheet is to provide some basic guidance for the construction of homes in coastal, hurricane-prone areas of the United States—namely the Gulf and Atlantic coastlines.


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