Building Science Fact Sheets (4)

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Building Science Fact Sheets
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August 15, 2013
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  • Foundation Requirements and Recommendations for Elevated Homes (2013)

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    This Fact Sheet includes foundation requirements and recommendations for elevated homes. The Fact sheet summarizes key concepts of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), describes the typical damaged foundation types observed after Hurricane Sandy, and offers design guidance for elevating homes by retrofitting with deep foundations.

  • Cleaning Flooded Buildings Fact Sheet (2013)

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    This Fact Sheet builds on information provided in FEMA’s Recovery Advisory, Initial Restoration for Flooded Buildings (2005), prepared after Hurricane Katrina.  It offers information on correctly cleaning and drying buildings that were not adequately cleaned and dried shortly after the Hurricane Sandy flooding. The advisory describes the selection and application of appropriate cleaners as well as the equipment and process needed to properly dry the building prior to any restoration efforts.

  • The FEMA Building Science Branch Accomplishments Report

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    The Building Science Branch, which resides in the Risk Reduction Division of FEMA’s Federal Insurance Mitigation Administration (FIMA), is staffed by highly skilled national experts on building codes, disaster-resistant construction techniques, and post-disaster rebuilding strategies. The Branch has the lead role in the development, production, and promotion of more than 220 resources that incorporate the most up-to-date building codes, seismic design and retrofitting criteria, and floodproofing and wind design requirements for new construction and the repair of existing buildings. These resources include publications, guidance, tools, training courses, outreach materials, technical bulletins, and recovery advisories. The Building Science Branch and its partners help to implement, support, and promote the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP), the Mitigation Assessment Team (MAT) Program, and the adoption of model building codes. The Branch also provides technical support to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and develops and delivers resources in support of multi-hazard risk reduction implementation,

  • Building Science Support and Code Changes Aiding Sandy Recovery Fact Sheet (2014)

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    Two years ago, Hurricane Sandy made landfall, devastating New Jersey and New York with tens of billions of dollars in damages. Since then, recovery activities have focused on increasing resilience of buildings and the lifeline infrastructure. Significant progress on this front, described in this fact sheet, includes:

    - Deployment of the Hurricane Sandy Mitigation Assessment Team (MAT) to assess damage and make recommendations

    - Updated building codes at the local, State, and national levels

    - Recovery projects across New Jersey, New York, and New York City to restore critical facilities and infrastructure

    - Developing a culture of resilient recovery in building mitigation and risk reduction actions

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