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These guides will provide you with all you need to know about flood venting codes and standards. Feel free to download or purchase them, and be sure to refer to your local state uniform code book, as well.

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Provides guidance on the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) regulations concerning the requirement for openings in below Base Flood Elevation (BFE) foundation walls and walls of enclosures for buildings located in Flood Zones A, AE, A1-A30, AR, AO, and AH. Go to page 25/26 to view the certification requirements for SMART VENTSin the section titled “Engineered Openings with ICC-ES Evaluation Reports.” 

Fema Technical Bulletin 1: Openings in Foundation Walls and Walls of Enclosures (TB-1)

American Society of Civil Engineers: Flood Resistant Design and Construction (ASCE 24-14)

Prepared by the Flood Resistant Design and Construction Committee of the Codes and Standards Activities Division of the Structural Engineering Institute of ASCE Flood Resistant Design and Construction, ASCE/SEI 24-14, provides minimum requirements for design and construction of structures located in flood hazard areas and subject to building code requirements. The standard is adopted by reference in model building codes. 

Go to Page 10 to view the Engineered Opening and Non-Engineered Opening Requirements. 

Notes: 
• All flood openings “shall not be less than 3 in. in any direction in the plane of the wall.” 
• Any flood opening “shall be classified as partially obstructed if louvers, blades, screens, grilles, faceplates, or other covers or devices are present during the design flood” and use the partially obstructed shape Coefficient of Discharge requirement. 
• V-Zones: Flood Openings are now required in Breakaway Walls. 

Go to Pages 45-46 to view commentary on Engineered Opening and Non-Engineered Opening Requirements.

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iCodes

The 2009, 2012, and 2015 International Residential Codes (IRC) and International Building Codes (IBC) establishes the minimum regulations for all dwellings, houses, buildings and structures. Below are selected pages from these code books that pertain to flood opening requirements. *Excerpts of the I-Codes are reprinted with permission of the International Code Council.

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Insurance Agents Lowest Floor Guide

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The Insurance Agent's Lowest Floor Guide will assist you in determining the lowest floor for flood insurance rating purposes

Resources

See how Chris & Dan Decourcy won their battle against high flood insurance so they could finally own their dream home.

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A FLOOD INSURANCE BATTLE WON

Find out how Flood Zone determinations, NFIP changes, and proper flood venting effect flood insurance policies.

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DETERMINE YOUR FLOOD RISK

Meet The Wagner's in this Best Practice Story and see how they were able to reduce their flood insurance.

REDUCE FLOOD INSURANCE

National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Legislation is continuously changing. Find out what the most recent changes are, and what they mean to you.

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NFIP LEGISLATION

What is the objective of a flood vent? Flood Vents protect houses and buildings during floods by preventing water pressure buildup that can destroy walls and foundations.

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THE OBJECTIVE OF A FLOOD VENT

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FLOOD VENTS SAVE HOMES

See how Flood Vents helped save homes during Hurricane Sandy, surrounding neighborhood homes without compliant flood vents were not so fortunate.

Just when this condo association in Hoboken, NJ thought they were under water with their flood insurance premium...watch as the day was saved!

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URBAN FLOOD INSURANCE RELIEF