This site serves as a technical resource for examining the purpose of flood openings, how they perform, and when they are required. Floodvent.com will also define the different types, what is compliant, their effectiveness in sustaining a structure, demonstrate how they work, and reveal their importance in securing a low flood insurance premium.
A Foundation Flood Vent:
• Relieves (rather than resists) hydrostatic pressure on foundation walls during a flood event. The flood vent must allow for the automatic entry and exit of flood waters without human intervention
The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Regulations and Building Codes require that any residential building constructed in Flood Zone Type A have the lowest floor, including basements, elevated to or above the Base Flood Elevation (BFE). Enclosed areas (enclosures) are permitted under elevated buildings provided that they meet certain use restrictions and construction requirements such as the installation of flood vents to allow for the automatic entry and exit of flood waters. This wet floodproofing technique is required for residential buildings. Commercial buildings have the option to wet floodproof, which can be more cost-effective compared to dry floodproofing.