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Flood-Resistant Buildings

Presenter: John Squerciati, PE, CFM

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Online

This seminar is closed or full.


Floodplain Development under NFIP Standards
Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM CST

   Overview of the NFIP

   Using the right maps and flood data

   Determining what regulations are in effect for a property

   Classifying structures

   Determining which building codes apply

   Identifying when permits are required

Building Design under NFIP Standards
Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 12:30 - 2:00 PM CST

   Standards for building design

   Technical bulletin 1: Openings in foundation walls and enclosure walls

   Technical bulletin 2: Flood damage-resistant materials

   Technical bulletin 3: Non-residential flood-proofing

   Technical bulletin 5: Free-of-obstruction requirements

   Technical bulletin 7: Wet flood-proofing

   Technical bulletin 9: Breakaway walls

   Other bulletins: Elevators, below-grade parking, corrosion protection

Designing and Constructing Flood-Resistant Buildings
Thursday, November 30, 2017, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM CST

   Flood-resistant design review

   The NFIP and building code requirements

   Understanding flood zones and classifying buildings

   Complying with siting requirements

   Using flood-damage resistant materials

   Installing utilities and service equipment

   ASCE 7-10: Flood-resistant building design loads

   Reviewing flood-resistant design and construction benefits to clients

      • Reduced damages and losses

      • Reduced service losses

      • Reduced insurance costs

      • Increased resiliency

Designing and Constructing Foundations and Above-Grade Flood Resistance
Thursday, November 30, 2017, 12:30 - 2:30 PM CST

   Basic principles of flood-resistant design

   Foundation types and styles

   Complying with restrictions on soils and fill

   Designing closed foundations and slabs-on-grade

   Designing open foundations on piles

   Complying with elevation requirements to use freeboard

   Design of walls

   Location of mechanical and HVAC equipment

   Design of decks, concrete pads and patios

   Pool design

   Limitations on dry flood-proofed, non-residential buildings

Webinar Instructions

Each webinar session earns continuing education credit and can be registered for individually. All attendees must log-on through their own email – attendees may not watch together if they wish to earn continuing education credit. HalfMoon Education Inc. must be able to prove attendance if either the attendee or HalfMoon Education Inc. is audited.

Certificates of completion will be provided for each webinar attended and will be sent via email in PDF form about five business days after the date of the conclusion of the series.

Webinars are presented via GoToWebinar, an easy-to-use application that can be run on most systems and tablets. Instructions and login information will be provided in an email sent close to the date of the webinar. It is highly recommended that you download, install and test the application before the webinar begins by clicking on the link in the email.

GoToWebinar system requirements:

Operating System:
Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10 Mac OSX 10.9 (Mavericks) - 10.12 (Sierra)

Web Browser:
Chrome v34+, Firefox v34+, Internet Explorer 8+, Microsoft Edge v12+, Safari v6+

Internet connection:                   Hardware:
Minimum of 1Mbps                       2GB RAM or more

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Floodplain Managers

     5.5 HSW Contact Hours

     5.5 HSW LUs

     5.5 PDHs

Floodplain Managers:
     5.5 CECs

     .55 CEU

Continuing Education Credit Information

HalfMoon Education is an American Institute of Architects-approved continuing education sponsor (No. J885), and is deemed an approved sponsor for architects in New York. These webinars are not approved for Florida architects. Other states do not preapprove educators or courses. Check each webinar for the number of contact hours available. HalfMoon Education is an approved engineer continuing education provider in Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), New York (NYSED Sponsor No. 35), North Carolina, and North Dakota. Other states do not preapprove educators or courses. These webinars offer engineer continuing education credit in all states. Check each course listing for the number of PDHs available. HalfMoon Education is an International Code Council Preferred Provider (1232). Please see the Flood-Resistant Buildings webinars for available CEUs. Participation and knowledge retention will be verified for these webinar events, certificates of completion will be provided, and LUs will be reported to the AIA. Please see individual course listings for credit approval.


John Squerciati, PE, CFM

Mr. Squerciati is a senior associate at Dewberry Consultants LLC.  He has nearly 20 years of post-disaster damage assessment and hazard mitigation experience under Dewberry’s Technical Assistance Contracts with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  He has worked on numerous floods and other natural disasters as well as terrorist events.  Mr. Squerciati has provided assistance indeveloping and updating several FEMA policy and technical documents including Protecting Building Utilities From Flood Damage (FEMA P-348), Mitigation Assessment Team Report: Hurricane Charleyin Florida (FEMA 488), Mitigation Assessment Team Report: Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf Coast (FEMA 549), Flood Damage-Resistant Materials Requirements (NFIP Technical Bulletin 2), Protecting Manufactured Homes from Floods and Other Hazards (FEMA P-85), Homeowner’s Guide to Retrofitting (FEMA P-312), Engineering Principles and Practices for Retrofitting Flood Prone ResidentialBuildings (FEMA P-259), Hurricane Isaac in Louisiana Mitigation Assessment Team Report (FEMA P-938), Floodproofing Non-Residential Buildings (FEMA P-936) and Mitigation Assessment TeamReport – Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey and New York: Building Performance Observations, Recommendations, and Technical Guidance (FEMA P-942).  Following Hurricanes Irma and Maria in Puerto Rico, Mr. Squerciati led a team of subject matter experts investigating flood damage and mitigation considerations to residential structures and low-rise buildings for FEMA’s Mitigation Assessment Team (MAT).

Mr. Squerciati has developed course materials and served as an instructor for the following courses at FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute: Fundamentals of Building Science - Multi-Hazard Mitigation Design Concepts (E0312), Retrofitting Flood-Prone Residential Buildings (E0279), Benefit-Cost Analysis (E0276), Public Assistance Mitigation (E0239), Residential Coastal Construction(E0386) and Multi-Hazard Building Design Institute: Flood Protective Design (E0329).  In addition, he assisted in the development of materials and been an instructor for numerous field training workshops and seminars for substantial damage estimation, structural flood-proofing, NFIP technical bulletins, coastal construction, protecting manufactured homes from flooding, and benefit-costanalysis for hazard mitigation grants.  Mr. Squerciati received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Civil Engineering from the Cooper Union with a major in Structural Engineering and a minor in Geotechnical Engineering.  He has taken additional course work on engineering for extreme winds at Texas Tech University, and is a member of the committee responsible for updating and publishing ASCE/SEI Standard 24: Flood-Resistant Design and Construction.  Mr. Squerciati is a licensed professional engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the State of Louisiana, and he is a certified floodplain manager.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $275.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $225.00

Each registration includes one copy of a manual prepared by the seminar speakers.