• CSI NOVA April 2017 Meeting - Role of the Geotechnical Engineer in the Design Process
    Attendees will learn about the essential value added that comes from having a quality geotechnical consultant fully engaged in a project from start through to construction. The presentation will highlight how the geotechnical consultant can fit into the project consultant flow.
  • CSI NOVA March 2017 Meeting - Floodplain Design, Construction, and Impacts on Flood Insurance
    Floods are the #1 natural disaster in the United States. All 50 states have experienced floods or flash floods. Due to climate change and other factors, flood events are increasing in number and intensity. To protect the health, safety, and welfare of homes and their occupants during a flood event, homes must be built into compliance with local, state, and federal codes and regulations. This course describes floodplains and the potential hazards to buildings. Unless there are flood openings that allow floodwaters to flow into and out of enclosures below the Base Flood Elevation, hydrostatic pressure builds up on the foundation walls and can cause major damage. The course also defines the differences in engineered and non-engineered flood openings and their ability to ensure resilient structures. It explains the differences between wet flood-proofing and dry flood-proofing techniques, and when they are applicable. It also clarifies the regulations, codes, and standards as they relate to sustaining foundations in flood hazard areas
  • CSI NOVA February 2017 Meeting - LEED Social Equity and Resiliency Credits
    Why is resiliency in buildings and communities important? Have you thought about how we can make our buildings and places more socially equitable? This program will describe the LEED pilot credit library and how it functions. Aileen Horn will discuss two groups of the credits, Social Equity and the Resiliency. She’ll provide examples of how they can be achieved, and share resources for implementation.
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