Construction techniques that are appropriate to coastal areas involve not only siting of the structure and support structures, including septic, utilities, etc., but also design and building techniques that can withstand hazards and potential land, wind, and water forces associated with the dynamic coastal zone.
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Some of the best and most comprehensive resources available regarding proper coastal construction techniques are the FEMA Coastal Construction Manual, the FEMA Home Builder’s Guide to Coastal Construction Technical Fact Sheets and the Maine Erosion and Sediment Control BMP Manual. These resource materials provide detailed descriptions of the techniques recommended to mitigate erosion and build smart within the coastal environment. The Coastal Construction Manual is available as a CD or in print copy by calling FEMA Publications Distribution Facility at 1-800-480-2520, and should also be available for review at your local town office or public library.