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S192
Design of Residential Buildings in (High-Wind) Coastal Areas

Jeffrey Havelin, PE

This course will completely review the design process required for residential buildings (one to three-story) to withstand hurricanes and other severe natural hazard events. Specific case examples will be evaluated in detail explaining each procedure with example calculations and complete diagrams.

The required calculations to determine every specific design load (force) which could be applied to the structure is not within the scope of this course. The site-specific forces, which have been previously determined, will be used in this course to design a structure that can withstand these forces. To determine site-specific design loads it is suggested that the design professional should refer to pertinent sections of the IRC 2000, in addition to those sections of the IBC 2000, which may be cited within this course. Additional reference sources should also include one or more of the following sources in high wind zones.

  • Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and other structures (ASCE 7-98)
  • American Forest and Paper Association (AF&PA) Wood Frame Construction Manual for One and Two- Family Dwellings (WFCM)
  • Southern Building Code Congress International Standard for Hurricane Resistant Residential Construction (SSTD 10)


  • In this course the design method is Allowable Stress Design (ASD), so there are factors of safety (FS) built into the development of the material stresses and the forces at the connections. This design method has been chosen because (ASD) continues to be the predominant design method in light-frame, residential, wood construction.

    This course is based entirely on the Chapter 12 Designing the Building of the FEMA Publication Coastal Construction Manual (FEMA-55). This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of course materials. You will be quizzed on the subject document in its entirety.


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