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9- 31 PDH Hurricane Charley Technical Report including 1 PDH Ethics

Credit: 31 PDH
Course Fee: $329.00

Hurricane Charley Technical Report Course Topics:


  • Hurricane Charley – The Event
  • Summary of Winds
  • Summary of Storm Surge
  • Summary of Storm Damage
  • Comparisons of Predictions and Post-Landfall Estimates: Wind
  • Predictions
  • Post-Landfall Observations
  • Reported Data
  • Wind Field Estimates – Model-Based Results
  • Comparisons of Predictions and Post-Landfall Observations: Storm Surge
  • Predictions
  • Post-Landfall Observations
  • Loss Estimates
  • The Significance of Hurricane Charley 

Codes, Standards, and Regulations

  • The Building Codes
  • Comparing Design Wind Speeds
  • Comparing Calculated Wind Pressures (Old vs. New Code Methods)
  • Comparing Debris Impact Criteria
  • High-Wind Elements of the Code
  • Florida Statutes Affecting Building Design
  • HUD Manufactured Housing Design Standards
  • Florida Manufactured Housing Installation Standards 
  • Floodplain Regulations

Basic Assessment and Characterization of Damage

  • Wind Effects
  • Variability in Hurricane Winds
  • Building Structural Damage Due to Wind Effects
  • Residential Buildings (One- and Two-Family Dwellings, Wood-Frame Multi-Family Buildings, and Manufactured Housing)
  • Commercial and Mixed-Use Buildings
  • Building Components and Cladding (C&C) Damage Due to Wind Effects
  • Residential Buildings (One- and Two-Family Dwellings)
  • Commercial and Mixed-Use Buildings (Including Multi-Family)
  •  Building Damage Due to Wind borne Debris
  • Attached and Accessory Structures


  • Flood Effects
  • Flood Damage Observations
  • Coastal Surge Damage
  • Critical and Essential Facilities
  • Fire and Police Stations and Hospitals
  • Emergency Operations Centers, Storm Shelters, and Schools

Structural Systems Performance

  • Wood-Frame Buildings
  •  Manufactured Housing
  •  Concrete and Masonry Buildings
  •  Structural Steel-Frame Buildings
  •  Pre-Engineered Metal Buildings
  • Accessory Structures/Attachments

Building Envelope Performance

  • Doors, Personnel Door Damage
  • Garage Door Damage
  • Rolling and Sectional Door Damage
  • Windows, Shutters, and Skylights
  • Residential Buildings
  • Commercial and Critical/Essential Facilities
  • Roof Systems
  • Asphalt Shingles
  • Tiles
  • Mortar-Set Tile Roofs
  • Mechanically Attached Tile Roofs
  • Hip and Ridge Tiles
  • Sprayed Polyurethane Foam
  • Tile Missiles
  • Metal Panel Roofs
  • Low-Slope Membrane Systems
  • Built-up Roof (BUR) and Modified Bitumen
  • Single-Ply
  • Gutters and Downspouts
  • Wall Coverings, Non-Load Bearing Walls, and Soffits
  • Wall Coverings
  • Non-Load Bearing Walls
  • Soffits
  • Exterior Mechanical and Electrical Equipment Damage
  • Damage to Exterior Equipment Attached to Residential Buildings
  • Damage to Exterior Equipment Attached to Commercial and Critical/Essential Facilities
  • Condensers
  • Fan Units and HVAC Units
  • Electrical and Communications Equipment

Performance of Critical and Essential Facilities

  • Emergency Operations Centers
  • General Damage
  • Functional Loss
  • Fire and Police Stations
  • General Damage
  • Functional Loss 
  • Hospitals 
  • General Damage
  • Functional Loss
  • Schools
  • General Damage
  • Functional Loss
  • Shelters
  • Damage and Performance of Shelters
  • Turner Agri-Civic Center, Arcadia
  • Port Charlotte Middle School, Port Charlotte
  • Liberty Elementary School, Port Charlotte
  • Functional Loss
  • Buildings Selected for Shelter Use
  • The Florida SESP


  • General Conclusions
  • Building Performance and Compliance with the Building Codes, Statutes, and Regulatory Requirements of the State of Florida
  • Performance of Structural Systems (Residential and Commercial Construction)
  • Internal Pressures
  • Wind Improvement for Existing Buildings
  • Performance of Accessory Structures/Attachments
  • Performance of Building Envelope, Mechanical and Electrical Equipment
  • Building Envelope
  • Roof Coverings, Wall Coverings, and Soffits
  • Windows, Doors, and Shutters
  • Attached Equipment (Rooftop and Ground Level)
  • The Need for High-Wind Design and Construction Guidance
  • Performance of Critical and Essential Facilities (Including Shelters)
  • Observed Mitigation Successes
  • Improvement Success in Residential Construction
  • Improvement Success in Commercial Construction
  • Improvement Success in Critical and Essential Facility Construction


  • General Recommendations
  • Proposed Changes to Codes and Statutes 
  • Statutory Building Code Provisions
  • General Code Changes Proposed for FBC Consideration
  • Code Changes Proposed for Critical/Essential Facilities and Shelters
  • Structural (Residential and Commercial Construction)
  • New Residential and Commercial Structures
  • Wind Improvement for Existing Residential Buildings
  • Wind Improvement for Existing Commercial Buildings
  • Accessory Structures/Attachments
  • Architectural, Mechanical, and Electrical
  • Critical and Essential Facilities (Including Shelters)
  • Design Guidance and Public Education
  • Design and Construction Guidance
  • Public Education and Outreach

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