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There are no requirements in any of the building codes I remember for a check of uplift. There is a recommended practice of checking this possibility in FEMA"s Coastal Construction Manual (FEMA 55 3rd Edition) with an example illustrated. The possibility does seem remote however if the structure was located near a dune where waves could run-up the dune, the water could cause uplift on the structure. In the cases I checked, the weight of the structure has always exceeded those uplift forces however by a significant factor.
Bill Coulbourne, P.E.
Principal Structural Engineer
URS Corp.
200 Orchard Ridge Drive
Suite 101
Gaithersburg, Md 20878
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"Bill Polhemus" <bill(--nospam--at)>
07/16/2002 01:30 PM
Please respond to seaint

To: <Residential(--nospam--at)>, <seaint(--nospam--at)>
Subject: Pier And Beam Foundation - Uplift

Are there any requirements in any of the building codes you can name, or in
a recommended practice anywhere, regarding the uplift forces on the
superstructure resting on a pier and beam foundation?

It seems like there'd be something, just to address the possibility however
remote of uplift due to flooding.

Anyone have any ideas?

William L. Polhemus, Jr. P.E.
Polhemus Engineering Company
Katy, TX, USA
Phone (281) 492-2251
FAX (281) 492-8203
email bill(--nospam--at)

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