Our Vice Chair, Tom Little, is actively contributing to the critical work of the ASCE 24 Flood Resistant Design and Construction standard committee as a representative of FMIA. The committee is diligently reviewing proposed amendments and is on track to complete this review by May.
The objective is to reach a consensus on the upcoming version of the ASCE 24 standards by 2024, paving the way for their incorporation into the 2027 ICC I-Codes. This work represents a significant stride towards enhancing flood resilience across the country.
Key proposed changes of interest to our members include:
Broadening the definition of regulated flood zones to encompass the 500-year floodplain
Implementing higher protection height requirements based on building risk classification
Placing a stronger focus on the rigorous testing and certification of flood protection products
Instituting mandatory annual flood deployment drills to guarantee preparedness and effective response in flood events
These proposed modifications are a testament to FMIA's commitment to advancing industry standards and protecting our community's and infrastructure.