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Building Science Training

FEMA offers a variety of training courses designed to help users obtain the knowledge, tools, and support that they need to plan and implement effective mitigation strategies that intricately involve building science.

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The Residential Coastal Construction course is designed to train participants on FEMA’s Coastal Construction Manual. This manual is the primary, state-of-the-art reference for planning, designing, and constructing residential structures in the various coastal environments.


This course provides engineering and economic guidance to architects, engineers and local code enforcement officials in retrofitting existing one- to four-family residential structures situated in flood-prone areas. The retrofitting measures presented are creative, practical, compliant with applicable floodplain regulations and satisfactory to most homeowners.


This advanced-topics course addresses the ever-changing challenges faced from flood and wind risk through a comprehensive approach of best-practice mitigation, code compliance, designing for future conditions, and FEMA policies and funding mechanisms aimed at achieving higher standards.


This course is designed to present information on the risks posed by natural hazards, and the basic scientific and engineering concepts for hazard-resistant buildings and facilities. The course reviews information pertaining to impacts of wind, flood, earthquake, and wildland/urban interface fire on the constructed environment and explains key performance and construction issues related to floods, wind, wildfires, and earthquakes.
Last updated October 5, 2021