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Design of Residential Buildings in High Wind Areas

John C. Huang, Ph.D, PE, LEED AP

Course Outline

In this webinar, we will review the design and construction process required for residential buildings (one to three-story) to withstand high winds during hurricanes. In particular, we will examine various failure modes due to high wind, evaluate the continuous load path, and discuss the effective construction methods and techniques necessary to prevent failures due to wind. The course content is based primarily on the FEMA Publication 55 - Coastal Construction Manual (4th Ed., 2011). Additional references and resources will be provided during the webinar.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of course materials.

Learning Objective

At the conclusion of this course, the student will:

Course Content

The following weblinks contain the reference material for this webinar:

Volume 1 - Coastal Construction Manual, Fourth Edition (PDF, 32 MB)

Volume 2 - Coastal Construction Manual, Fourth Edition (PDF, 41 MB)

Please click on the above underlined hypertext to view, download or print the document for your study. Because of the large PDF file size, we recommend that you first save these files to your computer by right clicking the mouse and choosing "Save Target As ...", and then open the files in Adobe Acrobat Reader from your computer. You may also download chapter by chapter of the above publications through the following link:


Because this course is offered as a "live" course, you are required to attend the webinar at the scheduled time and date. Please check the Webinar Schedule under course description on our website for currently scheduled meeting date and time. We will send you an invitation to the webinar through email approximately 24 hours before the webinar (confirmation of the receipt of the invitation is required). The certificate of completion will not be issued unless you attend the webinar and pass a quiz. Thank you for your cooperation.

Related Links

Coastal Hazards in Delaware (a PDF file)


Before you attend the webinar, you need to print the quiz questions from your browser for your study during the webinar. At the end of the webinar, you need to complete the quiz and submit your answers to obtain the PDH credits.

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DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered professional engineer. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.