5A - Flood Regulation for Building Design in NYC

A session at After Superstorm Sandy

  • Joseph Ackroyd, PE

Thursday 6th June, 2013

1:30pm to 2:15pm (EST)

New York City is surrounded by water, with 31,000 buildings located in FEMA's flood plain. And with new maps coming, the numbers will increase. This presentation will cover up to date standards for building construction in flood zones, and will explain the regulatory framework on new construction, substantial improvement, alterations and repairs. It will also include discussion of areas regulated by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation as well as various FEMA advisories.
Presentation outline
Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs)
Adopted as a reference standard to NYC BC
Advisory Base Flood Elevation Maps
How ABFE’s are required to be used in NYC
2008 NYC BC Flood Resistant Design Standards for New Construction
Flood regulation and substantially damaged buildings
Substantially damaged buildings
Residential A-Zones and Emergency Rule 3606-04
Non-residential A-Zones and Emergency Rule 3606-04
V-Zones and Emergency Rule 3606-04
Repairs, Alterations + Reconstructions
Executive Order 230
Administrative Issues

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Joseph Ackroyd, PE

NYC Department of Buildings

Joseph Ackroyd is the Director of Engineering at the Technical Affairs Division of New York City Department of Buildings. As assistant to the flood plain coordinator for the community of New York City, Mr. Ackroyd provides technical and administrative support to the floodplain coordinator on all issues related to floodplain management. He is a technical advisor for the current code revision cycle and is extensively involved in the revision of the flood related design provisions of the New York City Building Code.
Prior to working for the Department of Buildings Mr. Ackroyd worked for MTA New York City Transportation Authority, where he oversaw geotechnical subsurface investigations for support of excavation and foundation design for transportation infrastructure projects throughout the five boroughs. Prior to working for MTA New York City Transit he worked for GZA GeoEnvironmental Inc. as a geotechnical engineering specializing geotechnical design, geotechnical investigations and construction inspection.
Mr. Ackroyd received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Rhode Island, a M.S in Management from Central Connecticut State University and a M.S. in Civil Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology. Mr. Ackroyd is a licensed professional engineer in the State of New York with over ten years of experience in the engineering and construction industry.

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Time 1:30pm2:15pm EST

Date Thu 6th June 2013

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