Piling homes are required when building on Gulf-front property. They are often a requirement for future homes that will be built on property near and easily impacted by rising water. The simplest way to understand if a property will require pilings is to acquire the *property’s special flood hazard area, which is determined by the *Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM).
The official map of the community on which the Federal Emergency Management Agency has delineated both special flood hazard areas and the risk premium zones applicable to the community.
An area in the floodplain subject to a one-percent or greater chance of flooding in any given year. Special flood hazard areas are shown on FIRMs as zone AE, V or VE. To review a property’s firm, visit www.floodsmart.gov.
In consideration of property zone and the soil quality, a local and Florida Licensed Engineer will determine the scope of requirements for pilings, specific to an individual property. In some instances, the engineer will determine that a specialist, Geotechnical Engineer, perform a soil boring test. This in depth test will gather data to determine piling specifications.
Pilings are engineered from either wood or concrete. If Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) is selected for construction and a property is located in a high velocity Zone or V-Zone; then concrete pilings will be required.