In determining resiliency strategies for any building, the expert consensus is to take advantage of nature’s primary flood control technologies—wetlands and floodplains. Ideally, bioswales and retention areas for stormwater management should be incorporated on site, advises Nadja Turek, environmental engineer and sustainable design expert, Woolpert.
Building materials and products are another critical component, especially those best suited to withstand and absorb flood waters. “Some successful strategies involve using insulated concrete form construction for building envelopes, as they are extremely air and water tight, and also energy efficient,” says Turek. “We have also used modular flood gates at building entrances, and a membrane vapor barrier that adheres to concrete around the foundation to prevent water intrusion.”
Below is a deeper look at a few flood-resistant products and systems that can play a role in a solid resiliency strategy.
New & Noteworthy
The vertically deployed Flex-Wall is a high-strength flexible wall that can be deployed rapidly for flood protection of buildings or equipment. It is constructed from textile-based materials and metal posts that reside in a small container and are manually deployed. The Flex-Wall can be long to surround buildings or short to close off doorways. All parts and equipment are stored at the point-of-use for maximum efficiency in an extreme weather event.
The revolutionary FloodBreak automatic flood barrier is changing how flood mitigation projects are designed. FloodBreak will protect virtually any vulnerable opening, 24/7, without the need for human intervention or power. Permanently installed and nearly invisible, the flood barriers sit beneath entrances, roadways and other openings ready to deploy and prevent flood damage.
The PD-522FFR fire-rated flood door from PS Flood Barriers is a normal-use swing door, specifically engineered for interior and exterior openings requiring watertight flood protection, as well as a 90-minute fire rating. Always in place, this dual-defense door provides unmatched flood and fire protection while allowing pedestrian access. Designed for water-protective heights up to 11 ft., it meets hydrostatic, hydrodynamic and impact-loading requirements. It’s available in mild steel or stainless steel construction.
Channels cut along all four sides of new GreenGuard XPS Drainage Channel Board encourage drainage of any water that might happen to seep through a roofing assembly to the roofing membrane. The boards offer an R-Value of 5.0/in. of thickness and are available in a range of compressive strengths.
This video course, Resilient Design in Metal Building Roof and Wall Panels, sponsored by Petersen Aluminum, explains why severe weather events are causing designs, standards, and codes to be revisited. Resiliency in architecture is explained and the reasons resilient buildings suffer less downtime and provide improved performance under extreme conditions are enumerated. Take the course and earn 1 AIA learning unit and 1 AIA Health Safety Welfare learning unit.
The all-in-one design of Bradley’s WashBar keeps water in the basin to provide a cleaner, dryer and safer hand washing experience. The WashBar’s high-speed dryer works in tandem with the bowl to keep water from splashing outside the basin onto the floor or user, keeping floors dry and slip-free. The fixture’s touchless soap, water and dryer also deliver convenient, intuitive and effortless hand washing for users. The award-winning WashBar is available with Bradley’s streamlined Verge wash basins, as well as its line of prefabricated OmniDecks.
Connectrac wireways are the new standard for bringing power and communications cable management to all interior applications. Connectrac’s Under-Carpet Wireway, plus the In-Carpet and On-Floor solutions ensure that customers will meet their power, data, and telecom cabling needs in any interior space. Free yourself from core drilling!
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The BILCO Company manufactures type TER floor access doors that are designed to receive architectural flooring materials, making them virtually hidden in finished flooring applications. The pan-type cover accepts a wide variety of architectural materials, allowing the doors to be used in virtually any application. Whether it’s ceramic tile, hardwood or even granite, each TER door is precisely engineered with lift assistance based on the weight of the flooring material to ensure easy, one-hand operation.
With Guardian UltraClear low-iron glass, the difference is clear. An innovative process reduces iron oxide content—achieving stunningly clear glass that transmits abundant light. In standard glass, iron content creates a greenish tint at the surface, along the edge and in views on the other side. UltraClear glass offers beautifully transparent results, no matter the glass size or thickness.
UltraClear glass can maximize light, defy boundaries and render colors with impressive fidelity. The possibilities are endless. Combine with Guardian SunGuard low-E coatings for high-performance in commercial façades, or get the green out for interior applications.