Insulated Floors for Elevated Buildings

SAFETY FROM FLOODS

INSUL-DECK elevated slab construction lends itself very well to areas where flood waters are a concern.  The entire building can be elevated on pilings or columns so that the bottom of the building is above the base flood elevation. More and more schools and owners of homes and commercial buildings in flood zones are using elevated INSUL-DECK floors to minimize or eliminate future water damage and substantially reduce insurance premiums.

LOWER INSURANCE PREMIUMS

FEMA has placed more than 20,000 communities in the United States into a category of flood zones. Each community is able to participate in the agency’s National Flood Insurance Program, with premium rates determined by the risks of flooding. Flood insurance premiums are much lower for buildings in high-risk areas that are elevated above minimum requirements, so INSUL-DECK elevated buildings qualify you for immediate flood insurance benefits.

The cross-section shows an elevated INSUL-DECK floor, perimeter beam, a cantilevered balcony, and an ICF reinforced concrete wall tied to the elevated floor.

The cross-section shows an elevated INSUL-DECK floor, perimeter beam, a cantilevered balcony, and an ICF reinforced concrete wall tied to the elevated floor.

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Meet FEMA Recommended Practices with INSUL-DECK
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This Louisiana home was rebuilt with an elevated slab using INSUL-DECK after Hurricane Katrina destroyed the original structure.

This Louisiana home was rebuilt with an elevated floor using INSUL-DECK after Hurricane Katrina destroyed the original structure.

High School Rebuilt with INSUL-DECK Elevated Floors After Katrina

Salmen High School in Slidell, LA on the shores of Lake Pontchartrain was hit particularly hard by the winds and storm surge of hurricane Katrina. The storm surge pushed over eight feet of water through the area and all but demolished the prior school. The new school was built on concrete piers using the 12″ INSUL-DECK floor system with an additional 3″ of EPS on top to increase the beam depths for added load and span capacity. INSUL-DECK was chosen for its exceptional speed of construction, insulation benefits, as well as for the additional sound reduction to the parking garages located under the buildings.