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The following documents provide information concerning the flood resistant provisions of the 2015, 2012 and 2009 International Codes®  (I-Codes), the referenced standard American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) 24-05 and the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) requirements.

The I-Codes can be purchased at the International Code Council  (some state and local codes are available in view-only format).  ASCE 24 can be purchased from the ASCE Store.

Flood Resistant Provisions of the 2015 International Codes® (November 2014)
This document is a compilation of flood resistant provisions, prepared by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), of the 2015 I-Codes (IBC, IRC, IEBC IMC, IPC, IFGC, IPSDC, IFC). Also included, as a separate document, is a summary of changes from the 2012 I-Codes. The 2015 edition of the I-Codes contains provisions that are consistent with the minimum flood-resistant design and construction requirements of the NFIP for buildings and structures.

Flood Resistant Provisions of the 2012 International Codes® (January 2012)
This document is a compilation of flood resistant provisions, prepared by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), of the 2012 I-Codes (IBC, IRC, IEBC IMC, IPC, IFGC, IPSDC, IFC). Also included, as a separate document, is a summary of changes from the 2009 I-Codes. The 2012 edition of the I-Codes contains provisions that are consistent with the minimum flood-resistant design and construction requirements of the NFIP for buildings and structures.

Flood Resistant Provisions of the 2009 International Codes®  (January 2011)
This document is a compilation of flood resistant provisions, prepared by FEMA, of the 2009 I-Codes (IBC, IRC, IEBC IMC, IPC, IFGC, IPSDC, IFC). Also included, as a separate document, is a summary of changes from the 2006 I-Codes. The 2009 edition of the I-Codes contains provisions that are consistent with the minimum flood-resistant design and construction requirements of the NFIP for buildings and structures.

Highlights of ASCE 24-05 Flood Resistant Design and Construction (December 2010)
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) 24-05 is a referenced standard in the International Building Code® (IBC) and the International Residential Code® (IRC). Any building or structure that falls within the scope of the IBC that is proposed in a flood hazard area is to be designed in accordance with ASCE 24-05. The IRC requires that dwellings in floodways be designed in accordance with ASCE 24-05 and the 2009 and 2012 editions of the IRC includes an alternative that allows communities to require homes in V Zones to be designed in accordance with ASCE 24-05. Highlights of ASCE 24-05 that complement the NFIP minimum requirements include: Building Performance; Flood-Damage Resistant Materials; Utilities and Service Equipment and Siting Considerations.

Flood Provisions of the International Code Series: Higher Standards and More Specific Requirements than the Minimum Requirements of the National Flood Insurance Program (2013)
This paper summarizes the provisions of the I-Codes that are more detailed or that exceed the NFIP minimums.

NFIP  2009 I-Codes and ASCE 24 Checklist  and NFIP 2012 I-Codes and ASCE 24 Checklist 
These checklists can be used to guide floodplain managers, building officials and designers as they compare the flood provisions of the 2009 and 2012 I-Codes and ASCE 24-05 to the minimum requirements of the NFIP. It is based on the standard checklist used by FEMA and states to review local floodplain management regulations/ordinances to determine whether such regulations and ordinances are complete for the purpose of participating in the NFIP.

I-Codes Sample Checklists for Flood Hazards 
This document contains a Plan Review Checklist for Flood Hazard Area Application Review and an Inspection Checklist for Flood Hazard Area Inspections in both A Zones and V Zones. The checklists are from Reducing Flood LossesThrough the International Code Series (3rd Edition) which can be ordered from the International Code Council, Inc. or downloaded from the FEMA Library.

Provisions of the 2009 I-Codes and ASCE 24 Compared to the NFIP (January 2011)
This table is a comparison of the provisions of the 2009 I-Codes/ASCE 24-05 and the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) requirements.

Quick Reference Guide: Comparison of Select NFIP & Building Code Requirements for Special Flood Hazard Areas 
This guide illustrates the similarities and highlights the differences between the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) minimum requirements and the requirements of the International Code Series (I-Codes) and ASCE 24, Flood Resistant Design and Construction (ASCE 24), a standard referenced by the I-Codes. The illustrations highlight some of the key similarities and differences between foundation types, lowest floor elevations, enclosures below elevated buildings and utilities requirements contained within the NFIP and I-Codes for most residential and commercial buildings (classified as "Category II" structures by the building codes).

2012 Uniform Codes by IAPMO 
This document contains Flood Resistant Provisions of the 2012 editions of codes published by the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officers (IAPMO): the Uniform Mechanical Code; Uniform Plumbing Code, Uniform Swimming Pool, Spa and Hot Tub Code and Uniform Solar Energy Code.

2006 Evaluation of the National Flood Insurance Program’s Building StandardsThis sub-study evaluates the NFIP building standards, including a review of flood loss and damage data for structures and communities and calculation of costs and benefits of modifying NFIP building standards across defined ranges of flood conditions and building configurations, differentiated by flood hazard zone.

2008 Supplement to the 2006 Evaluation of the National Flood Insurance Program’s Building Standards  
This document provides a supplement analysis to the 2006 Evaluation of the National Flood Insurance Program’s Building Standards. The purpose of this document is to determine the cost-effectiveness of including freeboard within the foundation height of new residential buildings constructed in floodplains and to establish which factors should be considered when determining how many feet above the minimum NFIP-required elevation a house should be constructed in order to maximize cost-effectiveness.

CodeMaster for Flood Resistant Design (2011)
The CodeMaster provides designers with an easy-to-use desk reference that identifies the flood provisions in the 2009 and 2012 International Building Code® (IBC®) and International Residential Code® (IRC®), as well as the flood requirements of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) standards 7-05, 7-10 and 24-05. The CodeMaster is a unique and useful tool for designers to make sure that they incorporate the flood-resistant provisions of these codes and standards. The 8-page guide provides sections on preliminary considerations and design process, key flood terminology, a 12-step process to incorporate flood resistance in the design of a building, an example showing the 12-step process being executed and information on additional FEMA mitigation resources related to flood-resistant design. The document also uses illustrations to ensure a clear understanding for users in the professional community.

This guide can be purchased from the International Code Council

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12/15/2014 - 13:58
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