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2010 Edition of NYS Codes:                                                                                           
 
 
 
 
 
FEMA Building Codes Toolkit Publications:                                                                     
 

As part of the Building Codes Toolkit developed by FEMA Federal Insurance & Mitigation Administration (FIMA), Risk Reduction Division, Building Science Branch, this basic project planning template equips property owners with a template that they can use to understand the basic planning elements of a construction project that local building department and design professionals usually require and/or consider.

 
 

As part of the Building Codes Toolkit developed by FEMA Federal Insurance & Mitigation Administration (FIMA), Risk Reduction Division, Building Science Branch, this document equips and helps property owners understand the “general” process for acquiring a building permit prior to performing new construction, rebuilding, or mitigation work.

 
 

As part of the Building Codes Toolkit developed by FEMA Federal Insurance & Mitigation Administration (FIMA), Risk Reduction Division, Building Science Branch, this checklist equips property owners with basic knowledge, consumer protection, and questions to ask when hiring a professional general contractor to perform new construction, remodeling, rebuilding, or mitigation work.

 
 
As part of the Building Codes Toolkit developed by FEMA Federal Insurance & Mitigation Administration (FIMA), Risk Reduction Division, Building Science Branch, this fact sheet explains the basics of building codes, the entities involved in the codes, and list examples and available tools related to building codes.
 
 

As part of the Building Codes Toolkit developed by FEMA Federal Insurance & Mitigation Administration (FIMA), Risk Reduction Division, Building Science Branch, these frequently asked questions are meant to address common concerns of property owners related to building codes, compliance, process, and available tools for supporting proper construction decisions.

 
 

Developed by the FEMA Federal Insurance & Mitigation Administration (FIMA), Risk Reduction Division, Building Science Branch, this Building Codes Toolkit provides basic guidance and easy-to-use tools to help property owners understand building codes and the basic processes and standards associated with proper design, permitting, construction, and mitigation.

 
Building codes specify the minimum design and construction requirements to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of both building occupants and the general public. Historically, details of the building codes, how they are implemented, and its value to overall community planning and disaster resilience have only been understood by the technical community (i.e., engineers, architects, building codes officials, etc.).  FEMA recognizes that it is also equally important for the property owners to learn building codes and how their investment to proper construction ultimately protects their property and their occupants.
 
 

As part of the Building Codes Toolkit developed by FEMA Federal Insurance & Mitigation Administration (FIMA), Risk Reduction Division, Building Science Branch, this glossary clarifies definitions as they are used throughout the toolkit.

 
 

As part of the Building Codes Toolkit developed by FEMA Federal Insurance & Mitigation Administration (FIMA), Risk Reduction Division, Building Science Branch, this document lists videos from FEMA and FEMA partners related to building codes, safe rooms, hazard mitigation, and other related topics.

 
 

As part of the Building Codes Toolkit developed by FEMA Federal Insurance & Mitigation Administration (FIMA), Risk Reduction Division, Building Science Branch, the purpose of this presentation is to inform and equip property owners about the value of building codes and how they increase occupant safety and disaster resilience; who the building codes stakeholders are, how they are adopted, and the process for doing so; and finally, explain what tools are currently and readily available to support proper construction and rebuilding.

 
 

As part of the Building Codes Toolkit developed by FEMA Federal Insurance & Mitigation Administration (FIMA), Risk Reduction Division, Building Science Branch, this document lists additional resources for readers of the toolkit.

 
 

As part of the Building Codes Toolkit developed by FEMA Federal Insurance & Mitigation Administration (FIMA), Risk Reduction Division, Building Science Branch, this document lists all parties involved in the creation of this toolkit.

 
 

As part of the Building Codes Toolkit developed by FEMA Federal Insurance & Mitigation Administration (FIMA), Risk Reduction Division, Building Science Branch, the Source document lists all of the materials used in the development of the toolkit as a whole.

 
 
 
FEMA Coastal Construction:                                                                                            
 

The 2011 CCM, 4th Ed. (FEMA P-55), is a 2-volume publication that provides a comprehensive approach to planning, siting, designing, constructing, & maintaining homes in the coastal environment. Volume I provides information about hazard identification, siting decisions, regulatory requirements, economic implications, & risk management. The primary audience for Volume I is design professionals, officials, & those involved in the decision-making process. Volume II contains in-depth descriptions of design, construction, & maintenance practices that, when followed, will increase the durability of residential buildings in the harsh coastal environment and reduce economic losses associated with coastal natural disasters. The primary audience for Volume II is the design professional who is familiar with building codes & standards & has a basic understanding of engineering principles.

 
 
This brochure briefly explains that the Coastal Construction manual provides a comprehensive approach to sensible development in coastal areas based on guidance from over 200 experts in building science, coastal hazard mitigation, and building codes and regulatory requirements.
 
 

FEMA produced this series of 37 fact sheets to provide technical guidance and recommendations concerning the construction of coastal residential buildings. The fact sheets present information aimed at improving the performance of buildings subject to flood and wind forces in coastal environments. Photographs and drawings illustrate National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) regulatory requirements, the proper siting of coastal buildings, and recommended design and construction practices for building components, including structural connections, the building envelope, and utilities.

 

This document was developed to assist building officials in understanding the connection between National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) guidelines, the International Building Code, and the International Residential Code. Additionally, flood and wind provisions of both ASCE 7-05 and ASCE 24-05 are presented and discussed. The guide also explores building performance and real-life success and failures following recent storm events and recommends design and construction “best practices” where appropriate.

 
 
 
 
Other Useful FEMA Publications:                                                                                     
 

This publication shows how floodprone houses in south Florida were elevated above the 100-year flood level following Hurricane Andrew. Alternative elevation techniques are also demonstrated.

 
 
This publication provides guidance on how to properly determine if a building is substantially damaged in accordance with the National Flood Insurance Program regulations.
 
 

If your home or business was damaged or destroyed by Sandy, you face major decisions about your property.  The brochure below contains considerations for the decisions you can make now to help provide a safer, stronger future for you and your family.

 
 
Building A Disaster-Resistant University is both a how-to guide and a distillation of the experiences of six universities and colleges that have been working to become more disaster-resistant. This guide provides basic information designed for institutions just getting started, as well as concrete ideas, suggestions, and practical experiences for institutions that have already begun to take steps to becoming more disaster-resistant.
 
 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Building Science Branch has numerous training courses and workshops to provide information to communities and homeowners on how to build stronger and minimize damage from natural disasters. A few FEMA training courses and workshops that may be useful as communities begin to rebuild after Hurricane Sandy are described below. Most of these courses use a published manual as their basis. For more information or to schedule one of these training sessions, please contact us at FEMA-BuildingScienceHelp@fema.dhs.gov or 866-927-2104. The published manuals can be obtained from http://www.fema.gov/building-science.

 
 

This poster provides information on safe room design. A safe room is a shelter that can be used in the event of severe winds that can cause damage to property and people. Three different cross-section layouts of safe rooms are shown, and the reader is directed to FEMA publications that explain safe room design in further detail. This poster is available in 2 versions - "original" and "economy". The "economy" version was created to minimize ink usage during in-house printing. The poster is also available as a 8.5x11 handout.

 
 

7-24-12 - Review of Building Codes and Mitigation Efforts to Help Minimize the Costs Associated with Natural Disasters