SMART VENT Foundation Flood Vents FAQs

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When are Flood Vents

The NFIP Regulations and Building require that any residential constructed in Flood Zone A have the lowest floor, basements, elevated to or above the Flood Elevation (BFE). areas (enclosures) are permitted elevated buildings provided they meet certain use and construction requirements such as the of flood vents to allow for the entry and exit of flood This wet floodproofing technique is for residential buildings. Commercial have the option to wet floodproof, can be more cost-effective compared to dry

Is my property in a flood zone?

is the Base Flood Elevation

The Base Flood Elevation, or is the height of the base (1-percent chance) flood, usually in in relation to the National Geodetic Datum of 1929, the North Vertical Datum of 1988, or datum referenced in the Flood Study report, or average of the base flood, usually in above the ground surface. The BFE was by the National Flood Insurance as the basis for floodplain management and insurance regulations.

What is a “100-yr flood”, flood”, and “base flood”?

The “100-year flood” can be confusing. It is not the that will occur every 100 years. Rather, it is the that has a 1 percent chance of equaled or exceeded each Thus, the 100-year flood occur more than in a relatively short period of or even within the same Because this term can be FEMA has also defined it as the flood”. The “1-percent-annual-chance flood” is the now used by most Federal and agencies and by the National Flood Program.

What is an Advisory Flood Elevation (ABFE)?

Base Flood Elevations provide a better picture of flood risk than the Flood Insurance Rate (FIRMs), which in some are more than 25 years The new ABFEs are the recommended elevation of the floor of a building. Some may require that the lowest be built above the ABFE.

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Codes and Certifications

How do VENTS provide so much coverage?

You may have heard FEMA requires a vent “1 square inch of opening per 1 foot of enclosed area”, to vent dimensions in proportion to the to be vented. This is only correct. FEMA Guidelines (as in Technical Bulletin 1-08 ) do that a non-engineered flood solution must (among requirements) provide 1 sq. in. of opening per 1 sq. ft. of vented. This is only in to non-engineered openings, however; all of our vent products are certified openings. In accordance with the guidelines of TB 1-08, our vents been tested, rated, and for their coverage of 200 square per 16” x 8” unit by the International Code Evaluation Service (ICC-ES).

is the difference between Engineered and non-engineered openings?

Engineered have been designed and as flood vents and are given a coverage rating based on For example, SMART VENTS are Certified for 200 sq. feet of flood per 16” x 8” vent.

Non-engineered openings have not through any of the required testing, or any of flood testing for that to qualify as an engineered flood and typically are solely intended for use as an air Therefore, they are rated at the method of 1 net sq. inch of opening per 1 of enclosed area.

What of certifications are accepted for Engineered

In addition to your Code and Surveyor requiring a certification, agents will request property owners provide as part of applications for NFIP insurance. The documentation should be to the Elevation Certificate.

The following are forms of documentation for engineered

For ICC-ES Evaluated Flood simply attach a copy of the Report to the Elevation Certificate and the model or models used in the Liability of the vent falls on the

Without an ICC-ES Evaluation an certification is required for each that the vents are installed in. The needs to be an original certification the signature and raised or electronic of the designer who is licensed in the state the building is located. This is for a licensed architect or engineer to a unique opening for use in one particular Liability of the vent falls on the architect or engineer certifying the

What are some examples of Flood Openings as defined by

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• Standard foundation air ventilation that can be closed manually, they do not allow for the automatic and exit of floodwaters unless are permanently disabled (broken) in the position.

• Standard foundation air devices that have solid covers that are to be manually installed over the in cold weather, because do not allow for the automatic entry and of floodwaters when the cover is in

• Standard foundation air ventilation that are designed to open and based on temperature (unless also are designed to allow for the entry and exit of floodwaters).

• Windows below the BFE, the automatic entry and exit of cannot be satisfied by the expectation windows will break rising floodwaters.

• Garage without openings installed in because human intervention is to open the doors when is expected. Gaps between the door and the doorjamb or walls do not towards the net open area

• Standard exterior doors openings installed in them.

For information see the Unacceptable Measures on Page 19 of FEMA TB 1-08.

is FEMA?

FEMA’s (Federal Management Agency) mission is to our citizens and first responders to that as a nation we work to build, sustain, and improve our to prepare for, protect respond to, recover from, and all hazards. FEMA employees all over the country – at FEMA the ten regional offices, the National Training Center, Center for Preparedness/Noble Training Center, and locations – to support the larger management team.

What is the Code Council (ICC)?

The International Code Council. a association dedicated to building and fire prevention, develops the used to construct residential and buildings, including homes and Most U.S. cities, and states that adopt choose the International Codes by the International Code Council.

Our ICC Evaluation Service Report states that one 16 x 8 SMART unit is certified to provide 200 sq. ft. of protection and should be attached to the Certificate.

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