Press Release: Flood Flaps(R) Earns ICC-ES Evaluation Report (See ESR-3560), renewed September 1, 2015
Flood Flaps® Engineered Flood Vents, manufactured by Flood Flaps®, LLC, recently received an evaluation report (ESR#3560) from ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES), providing evidence that the Flood Flaps® Engineered Flood Vents Sealed Series and Flood Flaps® Engineered Flood Vents Multi-Purpose Series models meet FEMA, NFIP and local building code requirements. Building officials, architects, contractors, surveyors, designers and others rely on ICC-ES Evaluation Reports to provide a basis for using or approving Flood Flaps® Engineered Flood Vents in construction projects under the IBC and IRC. Read more
Press Release: ICC-ES President Shahin Moinian explains why ICC-ES Evaluation Reports are so important. “Flood Flaps® Engineered Flood Vents can now reference the evaluation report to ensure building officials and the building industry that the product meets I-Code requirements,” Moinian said. “Building departments have a long history of using evaluation reports, and ICC-ES operates as a technical resource with the highest quality of product review for the building department. Final approval of building products is always in the hands of the local regulatory agency.”
ICC-ES thoroughly examined Flood Flaps® Engineered Flood Vents product information, test reports, calculations, quality control methods and other factors to ensure the product is code-compliant. Doug Davinroy, President of Flood Flaps®, said the report issuance was a culmination of years of testing and coordination. “This is a big milestone for our company and we know our high performance flood vents will benefit the building industry, communities and home owners worldwide. The ICC-ES report provides validation of the high-quality control, materials and processes that Flood Flaps® provides to the building industry” Davinroy said.
A nonprofit, limited liability company, ICC-ES is the United States’ leading evaluation service for innovative building materials, components and systems. ICC-ES Evaluation Reports (ESRs) and PMG Listings provide evidence that products and systems meet requirements of codes and technical standards. ICC-ES also issues environmental reports verifying that products meet specific sustainability targets defined by today’s codes, standards, green rating systems and ICC-ES environmental criteria. ICC-ES is a subsidiary of the International Code Council® (ICC®). For more information, please visit www.icc-es.org.
Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation Product Approval
Click on this link and search #17381 to review the Flood Flaps® report.
PDF – Florida Product Approval
FEMA Technical Bulletin 1:
Provides guidance on the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) regulations concerning the requirement for openings in below Base Flood Elevation (BFE) foundation walls and walls of enclosures for buildings located in Flood Zones A, AE, A1-A30, AR, AO, and AH.
- If enclosure walls are not designed with openings to relieve the pressure of standing or slow-moving water against them (called hydrostatic loads), the walls can be damaged or fail during a flood.
- If the walls are “load-bearing” walls that support the elevated building, failure of the walls may result in damage to, or collapse of, the building.
- To address this concern, the NFIP (National Flood Insurance Program) regulations require that enclosure walls contain openings that will allow for the automatic entry and exit of flood waters.
- These openings allow flood waters to reach equal levels on both sides of the walls, thereby lessening the potential for damage caused by a difference in hydrostatic loads on opposite sides of the walls.
- In A zones, the requirement for flood openings applies to all enclosed areas below new elevated buildings and below substantially improved buildings.
FEMA Technical Bulletin 3:
Provides guidance on the NFIP regulations concerning watertight construction and the required certification for flood proofed non-residential buildings in Zones A, AE, A1-A30, AR, AO, and AH whose lowest floors are below the Base Flood Elevation (BFE).
NFIP Bulletin W-08086
This is written for WYO Principal Coordinators and NFIP Servicing Agents to restate the documentation that is required for engineered openings.
The purpose of this memorandum is to clarify the alternative measures listed in the Flood Insurance Manual for meeting the National Flood Insurance Program openings requirement.
Go to the second page to view the certification requirements for Flood Vents in the bullet point starting with “For engineered openings for which the ICC Evaluation Service, Inc., has issued an Evaluation Report.”
NFIP Insurance Agent’s Lowest Floor Guide
The Insurance Agent’s Lowest Floor Guide will assist you in determining the lowest floor for flood insurance rating purposes.
American Society of Civil Engineers: Flood Resistant Design and Construction (ASCE 24-14)
ASCE 24 states the minimum requirements and expected performance for the siting and design and construction of buildings and structures in flood hazard areas that are subject to building code requirements. It provides essential guidance on design and construction to structural engineers, design professionals, code officials, floodplain managers, and building owners. The standard is adopted by reference in model building codes.
– All flood openings “shall not be less than 3 in. in any direction in the plane of the wall.”
– Any flood opening “shall be classified as partially obstructed if louvers, blades, screens, grilles, faceplates, or other covers or devices are present during the design flood” and use the partially obstructed shape Coefficient of Discharge requirement.
– V-Zones: Flood Openings are now required in Breakaway Walls.