Building Safe and Strong with Flood-Resistant Construction Workshops

Flooding is one of the few natural disasters that occur commonly throughout all regions of North America. The causes of floods can differ depending on the region, but the impact is nearly always the same. Recent floods have caused billions of dollars in damage annually to structures near the coast as well as inland.

Over the last decade, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has tracked more than a dozen flood-related events with losses exceeding $1 billion across the United States.

In flood-prone regions, it’s important to design structures to resist the forces that may be encountered during a flood. The movement of water and debris necessitate unique design considerations. That’s why Simpson Strong-Tie has created a workshop focused specifically on reviewing requirements for safely building a home, deck, porch or boardwalk in a flood hazard area.

In this workshop, Simpson Strong-Tie flood mitigation experts walk participants through the process of determining the proper connections and solutions for resisting the loads and stresses caused by flooding.

After the workshop, attendees should be able to apply what they’ve learned to real-world situations. Workshop participants should expect to learn how to do all of the following:

  • Explain the principles of flood-resistant construction
  • Assess the degree and means of corrosion resistance needed in a flood hazard area
  • Design a system of key connections throughout the structure to resist flotation, collapse or permanent lateral movement from flooding
  • Select anchors, connectors and fasteners appropriate for connections at or below the Design Flood Elevation

We’re hosting the Flood-Resistant Construction workshop throughout the United States. This workshop is one of several IACET-accredited workshops provided by Simpson Strong-Tie. Click any of the following links to register:

August 21: Flood-Resistant Construction — Connections | Dubuque, Iowa

August 22: Flood-Resistant Construction — Connectors | West Chicago, Illinois

October 24: Flood-Resistant Construction — Connectors | West Chicago, Illinois

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Author: Simpson Strong-Tie

For more than 50 years, Simpson Strong-Tie has focused on creating structural products that help people build safer and stronger homes and buildings. Considered a leader in structural systems research, testing and innovation, Simpson Strong-Tie is one of the largest suppliers of structural building products in the world. The company is committed to helping customers succeed by providing exceptional products, full-service engineering and field support, product testing and training. Simpson Strong-Tie works closely with industry professionals to provide code-listed, field-tested products, and value-engineered solutions. Its product lines include Structural Connectors, Fasteners, Wood and Steel Strong-Wall® prefabricated shearwalls, Anchor Tiedown Systems for multi-story buildings, Quik Drive® auto-feed screw driving systems, and Anchor Systems for concrete and masonry. Simpson Strong-Tie products are known for their consistent quality and availability as well as for helping structures resist high winds, hurricanes and seismic forces. Simpson Strong-Tie has a national sales force and field engineers that are available to assist with specification and jobsite issues. Products are distributed nationally through an extensive network of distributors and dealers.