Evaluation of the National Flood Insurance Program's Building Standards (2008 Supplement to the 2006)   


The purpose of this analysis was to provide a supplement to the 2006 Evaluation of the National Flood Insurance Program’s Building Standards1 and, further, to determine the cost-effectiveness of including freeboard2 within the foundation height of new residential buildings constructed in floodplains. The incorporation of freeboard will effectively reduce the potential flood risk to the building. This analysis was conducted to determine the benefits associated with constructing coastal houses higher than the current National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) requirements mandate. In addition, the analysis was conducted to establish which factors should be considered when determining how many feet above the minimum required elevation a house should be constructed at in order to maximize the cost-effectiveness of the additional height.