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  • Floodplain Manager’s Notebook April 2020

    Date: April 2020

    Author: Quinn, Rebecca

    Publisher: Association of State Floodplain Managers

    Summary: Summarizing background, NFIP regulations, and building code requirements for accessory structures.

    Keywords: Accessory structures


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  • Floodplain Manager’s Notebook January 2009

    Date: January 2009

    Author: Quinn, Rebecca

    Publisher: Association of State Floodplain Managers

    Summary: Collecting Elevation Certificates, maintaining records for public inspection, making records accessible, and length of time to keep records.

    Keywords: Building laws, Elevation Certificate, Variance, Record retention, Flood damage prevention


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  • Floodplain Manager’s Notebook January 2011

    Date: January 2011

    Author: Quinn, Rebecca

    Publisher: Association of State Floodplain Managers

    Summary: Most states and communities that adopt building codes base them on the International Code Series. Some important differences in both defined terms and some common terms used by building officials and floodplain managers are described.

    Keywords: Building laws, Definitions


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  • Floodplain Manager’s Notebook January 2012

    Date: January 2012

    Author: Quinn, Rebecca

    Publisher: Association of State Floodplain Managers

    Summary: What about buildings exempt from a state building code (still regulated as development)? What about buildings just outside the SFHA boundary?

    Keywords: Building laws, Exemptions, Zone X, Flood insurance


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  • Floodplain Manager’s Notebook January 2013

    Date: January 2013

    Author: Quinn, Rebecca

    Publisher: Association of State Floodplain Managers

    Summary: Answering questions about FEMA certificates: who can seal an EC, is FEMA's EC required, and is FEMA's Floodproofing Certificate for design or 'as-builts"? And answering questions about how communities handle substantial improvement and substantial damage and modular buildings.

    Keywords: Building laws, Elevation certificate, Floodproofing Certificate, Substantial improvement, Modular buildings


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  • Floodplain Manager’s Notebook January 2015

    Date: January 2015

    Author: Quinn, Rebecca Leatherbee, Tom

    Publisher: Association of State Floodplain Managers

    Summary: Advice from the field -- handling dilapidated buildings under the substantial improvement/substantial damage rules, especially determining "pre-damage" market value and the definition exclusion for costs to correct existing (cited) violations.

    Keywords: Dwellings--Flood damage, Substantial improvement, Substantial damage, Property maintenance, Building laws


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  • Floodplain Manager’s Notebook January 2016

    Date: January 2016

    Author: Quinn, Rebecca

    Publisher: Association of State Floodplain Managers

    Summary: Crawlspaces aren't "used" for parking, storage, or building access -- how are they enclosures? A brief history of the NFIP requirements for openings and a look at the term "habitable" and why we shouldn't use it.

    Keywords: National Flood Insurance Program, Enclosure, Crawlspace, Flood opening, Habitable, Building laws


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  • Floodplain Manager’s Notebook January 2017

    Date: January 2017

    Author: Quinn, Rebecca

    Publisher: Association of State Floodplain Managers

    Summary: International Codes and inspections for buildings in flood hazard areas require submission of elevation certifications. Along with design certifications (Zone V, engineered openings, dry floodproofing), elevation certificates must be accessible and retained as permanent records.

    Keywords: Building laws, Inspection, Elevation certificate, Design certificate


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  • Floodplain Manager’s Notebook July 2011

    Date: July 2011

    Author: Quinn, Rebecca

    Publisher: Association of State Floodplain Managers

    Summary: Handling additions to existing buildings results in more questions than just about any other aspect of floodplain management. FEMA P-758 covers the topic thoroughly. The Florida State Floodplain Management Office developed a guide and flow chart to help users figure out which rules apply.

    Keywords: Building laws, Existing buildings, Buildings--Additions


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  • Floodplain Manager’s Notebook July 2012

    Date: July 2012

    Author: Quinn, Rebecca

    Publisher: Association of State Floodplain Managers

    Summary: How floodplain managers can help their communities prepare, including evaluating public building in SFHAs, participating in mitigation planning, checking property insurance coverage (and the consequences of not having flood insurance on public buildings), looking into mitigation grants, and factoring mitigation into post-disaster public assistance projects.

    Keywords: Floodplain management, Public buildings, Flood control


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  • Floodplain Manager’s Notebook July 2014

    Date: July 2014

    Author: Quinn, Rebecca

    Publisher: Association of State Floodplain Managers

    Summary: Work on compliant buildings must also be compliant: shouldn't that also apply to installation of emergency generators (and why would any owner want to install at-grade?)? And other observations about elevating equipment to meet the intent to resist base flood conditions.

    Keywords: Building laws, Electric generators, Flood damage prevention


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  • Floodplain Manager’s Notebook March 2008

    Date: March 2008

    Author: Quinn, Rebecca

    Publisher: Association of State Floodplain Managers

    Summary: Guidance for handling buildings in more than one flood zone and sites affected by more than one base flood elevation, with references to the Elevation Certificate and International Codes.

    Keywords: Flood insurance--Law and legislation--United States, Flood zone, More than one base flood elevation, Building laws


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  • Floodplain Manager’s Notebook March 2009

    Date: March 2009

    Author: Quinn, Rebecca

    Publisher: Association of State Floodplain Managers

    Summary: A list of possible topics for upcoming Notebook columns, asking readers to indicate preferences or submit other ideas.

    Keywords: Building laws, Floodplain management


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  • Floodplain Manager’s Notebook March 2010

    Date: March 2010

    Author: Quinn, Rebecca

    Publisher: Association of State Floodplain Managers

    Summary: Coordinating floodplain management regulations and the flood provisions in the International Codes, noting some advantages and challenges when using the codes to fulfill NFIP requirements.

    Keywords: Floodplain management, Building laws, Building inspection, Flood insurance--Law and legislation--United States


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  • Floodplain Manager’s Notebook March 2014

    Date: March 2014

    Author: Quinn, Rebecca

    Publisher: Association of State Floodplain Managers

    Summary: Grab bag: reusing foundations; relocating buildings; flood openings in interior walls; affidavits of compliance; and compensatory storage.

    Keywords: Building laws, Dwellings--Foundations, Relocation, Flood openings, Affidavits, Compensatory storage, Dwellings--Flood damage


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  • Floodplain Manager’s Notebook March 2015

    Date: March 2015

    Author: Quinn, Rebecca

    Publisher: Association of State Floodplain Managers

    Summary: Federal agencies must comply with floodplain management standards, whether they construct buildings on federal land or lease buildings built for them on private land. Federal standards are established by the Government Services Administration (GSA) requring compliance with "nationally recognized [building] codes." Such codes now contain requirements for SFHAs. The U.S. Postal Service has its own rules, requiring not only compliance with national codes, but local amendments to such codes (think higher standards).

    Keywords: Building laws, Federal buildings, Federal leased buildings, Floodplain management


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  • Floodplain Manager’s Notebook March 2016

    Date: March 2016

    Author: Quinn, Rebecca

    Publisher: Association of State Floodplain Managers

    Summary: Grab bag: new taller foundation doesn't trigger 50%; limitations on below-grade crawlspaces per TB 1; changes to the Floodproofing Certificate; shifting floodway boundaries.

    Keywords: Building laws, Foundation, Substantial improvement, Below-grade crawlspace, Floodproofing Certificate, Floodway


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  • Floodplain Manager’s Notebook May 2008

    Date: May 2008

    Author: Quinn, Rebecca

    Publisher: Association of State Floodplain Managers

    Summary: Summarizing background, NFIP regulations, and building code requirements for accessory structures. Follow up on sites affected by more than one base flood elevation.

    Keywords: Flood insurance--Law and legislation--United States, Accessory structures, More than one base flood elevation, Building laws


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  • Floodplain Manager’s Notebook May 2009

    Date: May 2009

    Author: Quinn, Rebecca

    Publisher: Association of State Floodplain Managers

    Summary: Highlighting a finding in NFIP Evaluation reports issued between 2001 and 2006 that while most independently surveyed post-FIRM buildings were adequately elevated, many had noncompliant enclosures and inadequately elevated equipment.

    Keywords: Building laws, Enclosures, Noncompliance, Flood insurance


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  • Floodplain Manager’s Notebook May 2011

    Date: May 2011

    Author: Quinn, Rebecca

    Publisher: Association of State Floodplain Managers

    Summary: A grab bag of short topics, including whether we regulate below the BFE or below the lowest floor; measuring flood openings with fixed louvers; below-grade crawlspaces; citing FEMA’s Technical Bulletins in regulations; and Substantial Improvement/Substantial Damage in floodways.

    Keywords: Building laws, Lowest floor, Flood opening, Technical Bulletins, Substantial improvement, Floodway


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  • Floodplain Manager’s Notebook May 2015

    Date: May 2015

    Author: Quinn, Rebecca

    Publisher: Association of State Floodplain Managers

    Summary: Building codes have requirements for buildings in flood zones -- a fact not often known by floodplain managers (and some building officials!). Advice on coordinating and a cautionary tale of liability with that doesn't happen. Highlighting how the 2015 International Codes exceed NFIP minimums (freeboard, Coastal A Zone; critical facilites).

    Keywords: Building laws, Liability for flood damages, Freeboard, Coastal A Zone, Critical facility, National Flood Insurance Program


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  • Floodplain Manager’s Notebook November 2007

    Date: November 2007

    Author: Quinn, Rebecca

    Publisher: Association of State Floodplain Managers

    Summary: Why flood openings must be above the higher of interior or exterior grade.

    Keywords: Flood insurance--Law and legislation--United States, Flood opening, Flood vent, Building laws, Michigan


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  • Floodplain Manager’s Notebook November 2008

    Date: November 2008

    Author: Quinn, Rebecca

    Publisher: Association of State Floodplain Managers

    Summary: Answering questions about flood openings if it's difficult to meet the requirements when elevated buildings are set into sloping sites.

    Keywords: Building laws, Sloping sites, Enclosures, Flood openings, Floodplain management


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  • Floodplain Manager’s Notebook November 2014

    Date: November 2014

    Author: Quinn, Rebecca Carmann, Troy

    Publisher: Association of State Floodplain Managers

    Summary: Describing temporary structures and requirements and how a Colorado community regulated temporary structures installed for a major golf tournament just months after major flooding throughout the state.

    Keywords: Temporary structures (Building), Building laws, Cherry Hills Village (Colo.), Flood insurance


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  • Floodplain Manager’s Notebook November 2016

    Date: November 2016

    Author: Quinn, Rebecca

    Publisher: Association of State Floodplain Managers

    Summary: Substantial Improvement - answering some questions not covered in the SI/SD Desk Reference (FEMA P-758): do the rules "prohibit" improvements? What costs/work can be excluded? Can you "back out" work to get below 50%? And why shouldn't use use "pre-FIRM" and "post-FIRM"? Followup on walk-out basements from September.

    Keywords: Building laws, Substantial improvement, Pre-FIRM, Post-FIRM, Walk-out basement, Floodplain management


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  • Floodplain Manager’s Notebook November 2017

    Date: November 2017

    Author: Quinn, Rebecca

    Publisher: Association of State Floodplain Managers

    Keywords: Wetland conservation, Building laws, Open space, post-disaster permits, rebuild, Floodplain management


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  • Floodplain Manager’s Notebook September 2008

    Date: September 2008

    Author: Quinn, Rebecca

    Publisher: Association of State Floodplain Managers

    Summary: Regulating nonresidential buildings, including retrofit floodproofing when substantially improved or substantially damaged or when using hazard mitigation grant funds to address repetitive losses.

    Keywords: Building laws, Nonresidential buildings, Flood damage prevention


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  • Floodplain Manager’s Notebook September 2010

    Date: September 2010

    Author: Quinn, Rebecca

    Publisher: Association of State Floodplain Managers

    Summary: How property maintenance inspections and requirements for unsafe buildings can work together with SI/SD, limitations on use of the "exclusion" of certain costs, and explaining why demolition followed by building new should be considered more often..

    Keywords: Building laws, Unsafe buildings, Wrecking, SI/SD


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  • Floodplain Manager’s Notebook September 2012

    Date: September 2012

    Author: Quinn, Rebecca

    Publisher: Association of State Floodplain Managers

    Summary: What causes a building to have a "minus-rated" NFIP policy? How should you handle a situation when the topo shows ground elevation below the BFE, but the FIRM shows it Zone X? We regulate fences -- really? About those watercourses - are the requirements limited to riverine or also apply to tidal areas?

    Keywords: Floodplain management, Minus-rated policies, Zone X, Fences, Watercourses


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  • Floodplain Manager’s Notebook September 2014

    Date: September 2014

    Author: Quinn, Rebecca

    Publisher: Association of State Floodplain Managers

    Summary: Some states might exempt agricultural structures from various regulations, but the NFIP requires communities to regulate all development. Also, non-building structures must be regulated even though they have no 'lowest floor."

    Keywords: Building laws, Agricultural buildings, Non-building structures


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  • Floodplain Manager’s Notebook September 2015

    Date: September 2015

    Author: Quinn, Rebecca

    Publisher: Association of State Floodplain Managers

    Summary: Where to turn when you have questions? FEMA publications (short list of the best), NFIP State Coordinators, and FEMA Building Science Helpline. Highlighting the terms "nonconforming" (not the same as "noncompliant") and "variance" (not the same as "waiver").

    Keywords: Flood control--Law and legislation, Building laws, State coordinator, Helpline, Nonconforming, Noncompliant, Variance, Waiver


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  • Floodplain Manager’s Notebook September 2016

    Date: September 2016

    Author: Quinn, Rebecca

    Publisher: Association of State Floodplain Managers

    Summary: When is a basement a basement -- taking a closer look at the phrase "below grade on all sides" and handling fill that wraps around the corners of the "lower side" of buildings set into sloping sites.

    Keywords: Building laws, Basements


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  • Floodplain Manager’s Notebook September 2017

    Date: September 2017

    Author: Quinn, Rebecca

    Publisher: Association of State Floodplain Managers

    Summary: Grab bag: limiting what's stored in enclosures; limiting enclosure size; "open" versus "closed" foundations. What's the real objective of the Community Rating System?

    Keywords: Building laws, Substantial improvement, Community Rating System, Enclosures, Storage, Open foundation, Closed foundation, National Flood Insurance Program


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