Instructor: Bonnie Prinse

Board: Rhode Island Board of Examination and Registration of Architects

Credit Hours: 4.00
3601 ratings

Approval Number: J607BGS24

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Course Description

Florida CILB Course Approval Number: 0010093
Oregon CCB Series B Course Approval Number: SRB0024

This four hour course is based on FEMA’s series of 31 fact sheets that provide technical guidance and recommendations concerning the construction of coastal residential buildings. The fact sheets present information aimed at improving the performance of buildings subject to flood and wind forces in coastal environments. The fact sheets make extensive use of photographs and drawings to illustrate National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) regulatory requirements, the proper siting of coastal buildings, and recommended design and construction practices, including structural connections, the building envelope, utilities, and accessory structures.
In addition, many of the fact sheets include lists of additional resources that provide more information about the topics discussed. We have included graphics and tables as attachments that coincide with each fact sheet and corresponding slide.


Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course participants will be able to:

  • Describe coastal building successes and failures, and recommended practices
  • Explain how to use a flood insurance rate map what flood hazard zones and base flood elevations are
  • Discuss lowest floor elevation and its Importance as well as V-Zone design and construction certification
  • Recognize siting and design considerations as well as coastal setback lines
  • Identify coastal building materials, moisture barrier systems and foundation walls
  • Describe proper pile installation, wood-pile-to-beam connections and reinforced masonry pier construction
  • Summarize the use of connectors and brackets, roof sheathing installation, roof underlayment for asphalt shingle roofs and asphalt shingle roofing for high-wind regions, tile roofing for high-wind areas, window and door installation and housewrap


Instructor Bio

Bonnie PrinseBonnie Prinse

Ms. Prinse holds a BS Degree in Environmental Studies from Eckerd College and has pursued master degree studies in Aquatic Zoology at the University of South Florida. She has written scientific portions of impact statements for wetland/upland land delineation, endangered species studies, and water quality testing while employed with a civil engineering and architectural firm in Tampa, FL. Her experience in environmental studies and new construction lend itself to documentary film making, particularly environmental stories that have taken her to the Amazon in Peru and to Costa Rica. Most recently her involvement with earthen construction projects led to a video production showcasing the benefits of building “green.”

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