Substantial Damage Estimator (SDE) User's Manual and Workbook: Using the SDE Software Program to Perform Substantial Damage Determinations   [open pdf - 8MB]

"Communities participating in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) often have difficulty determining whether buildings are substantially damaged. This difficulty is magnified after a major flood or other disaster where a large number of buildings have been damaged and there is a need to provide timely substantial damage determinations so that reconstruction can begin. Buildings located in a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) that are determined to be substantially damaged or improved, must be brought into compliance with the minimum requirements of the community's NFIP-compliant floodplain management laws or ordinances. This requirement applies to all structures in the SFHA, but is independent of the source of damage to the structure; damage as a result of flooding, high winds, fire, or any other source can trigger the requirement. The Substantial Damage Estimator (SDE) was developed to assist State and local officials in estimating building value and costs to repair for residential and non-residential buildings. The SDE software is based on the concept of using damage estimates for individual building elements to determine whether the structure as a whole is substantially damaged. […]This User's Manual describes the functionality of the SDE Version 1.0 software."

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FEMA P-784
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