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Coastal Building Successes and Failures

Summary of Coastal Construction Requirements and Recommendations

Using a Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM)

Lowest Floor Elevation

V-Zone Design and Construction Certification

How Siting and Design Decisions Affect the Owner's Costs

Selecting a Lot and Siting the Building

Coastal Building Materials

Moisture Barrier Systems

Load Paths

Foundations in Coastal Areas

Pile Installation

Wood-Pile-to-Beam Connections

Reinforced Masonry Pier Construction

Foundation Walls

Masonry Details

Use of Connectors and Brackets

Roof Sheathing Installation

Roof Underlayment for Shingle Roofs

Asphalt Shingle Roofing for High-Wind Regions

Tile Roofing for High-Wind Areas

Window and Door Installation


Roof-to-Wall and Deck-to-Wall Flashing

Siding Installation and Connectors

Shutter Alternatives

Enclosure and Breakaway Walls

Decks, Pools, and Accessory Structures

Protecting Utilities

Repairs, Remodeling, Additions, and Retrofitting



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