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resource-epaEnvironmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) home page.

National Lead Information Center
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) informational page regarding lead in paint, soil, and drinking water.

Asbestos Information
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) informational page about asbestos.

resource-national-safety-councilNational Safety Council
The National Safety Council’s charter is to educate and influence society to adopt safety, health and environmental policies, practices and procedures that prevent and mitigate human suffering and economic losses arising from preventable causes.

resource-moveHome Builder Information
An informational web site developed by the National Association of Home Builders.

resource-femaFlood Hazard Maps
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) web site that includes Flood Rate Insurance Maps (FIRM).

resource-adaAmericans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
The U.S. Department of Justice web page regarding ADA regulations, design standards, information and enforcement.

resource-asceAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
ASCE’s mission is to provide essential value to our members, their careers, our partners and the public by developing leadership, advancing technology, advocating lifelong learning and promoting the profession.

resource-simpson-strong-tieHigh Wind Area Construction Ties & Anchors
An extensive collection of metal connectors for high-wind construction and building code requirements in certain coastal areas of Texas.

resource-usgsFaults in Parts of North-Central and Western Houston Metropolitan Area
This report has a dual purpose—to provide maps of faults in parts of north-central and western Houston at a scale useful to land-use planners and to provide a limited discussion of “the Houston fault problem” for the interested reader.

resource-iccInternational Code Council
The International Code Council (ICC) develops modern building codes for adoption by states and municipalities. Printed and electronic versions of various building codes can be purchased from this website.

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Resource for engineered wood products such as plywood, oriented strand board (OSB), I-joists, glulam, and structural composite lumber.

logo-atcApplied Technology Council (ATC)

ATC’s mission is to develop and promote state-of-the-art, user-friendly engineering resources and applications for use in mitigating the effects of natural and other hazards on the built environment.

logo-tareiTexas Association of Real Estate Inspectors (TAREI)

TAREI promotes a professional code of ethics for its members, reviews and upgrades minimum standards, provides recommendations to the Texas Real Estate Commission, and conducts statewide continuing education programs for all inspectors.

logo-aiscAmerican Institute of Steel Construction (AISC)

The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) is a not-for-profit technical institute and trade association established in 1921 to serve the structural steel design community and construction industry in the United States.

logo-rciRCI, Inc.

RCI is an international association of professional consultants, architects, and engineers who specialize in the specification and design of roofing, waterproofing and exterior wall systems.

logo-ricokwRoofing Industry Committee on Weather Issues, Inc. (RICOWI)

RICOWI is a non-profit corporation devoted to research and education on wind and hail issues in the built environment, particularly roofing. RICOWI is assisted by Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the banner organization.

logo-aciAmerican Concrete Institute (ACI)

The American Concrete Institute is a leading authority and resource worldwide for the development and distribution of consensus-based standards, technical resources, educational programs, and proven expertise for individuals and organizations involved in concrete design, construction, and materials, who share a commitment to pursuing the best use of concrete.

logo-secbStructural Engineering Certification Board (SECB)

The Structural Engineering Certification Board was formed to identify those professional engineers with the additional education, experience, and skills that are particular to the practice of Structural Engineering.

logo-tbceTexas Board of Professional Engineers (TBPE)

The Board’s role in the protection of the public is to license qualified engineers and firms, enforce the Texas Engineering Practice Act, and to regulate the practice of professional engineering in Texas.

logo-louisianaLouisiana Professional Engineering and Land Surveying Board (LAPELS)

The Board’s role in the protection of the public is to license qualified engineers, enforce the Louisiana Revised Statutes regarding professional engineering and land surveying, and to regulate the practice of professional engineering in Louisiana.

resource-nabieNABIE (National Academy of Building Inspection Engineers)
The National Academy of Building Inspection Engineers (NABIE) is a chartered affinity group of the National Society of Professional Engineers. They accept as members only state-licensed professional engineers and registered architects specializing in the practice of building inspections. They serve the buyers and sellers of real estate, condominium associations, investors, brokers, attorneys, and others. They are dedicated to serving the public by advancing the art and skill of engineers who offer their services as expert inspectors, investigators, and consultants pertaining to the structural and mechanical components of buildings.

resource-cpscCPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission)
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is an independent Federal regulatory agency dedicated to protecting the public from unsafe consumer products. Visit their site to obtain press releases on various products that have been recalled due to potentially unsafe conditions.

resource-tdiTexas Windstorm Insurance Program
The 70th Texas Legislature passed House Bill 2012, (codified as Article 21.49 Section 6A, Texas Insurance Code), which implements certain inspection requirements for structures to be considered insurable property for windstorm and hail insurance through the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (T.W.I.A.). All new construction, repairs, or additions which commenced on or after January 1, 1988, shall be inspected or approved by the Texas Department of Insurance for compliance with the building specifications in the T.W.I.A. Plan of Operation, if the property is to be certified as insurable by the T.W.I.A. Participation in this program is not mandatory. However, property which has not been inspected and certified in accordance with the requirements of this inspection program will not be eligible for windstorm insurance through the T.W.I.A. The inspection program applies only to structures located in areas designated as a “catastrophe area” by the Commissioner of the Texas Department of Insurance.

resource-nspeNational Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE)
The National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) is the only engineering society that represents individual engineering professionals and licensed engineers (PEs) across all disciplines. Founded in 1934, NSPE strengthens the engineering profession by promoting engineering licensure and ethics, enhancing the engineer image, advocating and protecting PEs’ legal rights at the national and state levels, publishing news of the profession, providing continuing education opportunities, and much more. NSPE serves some 60,000 members and the public through 53 state and territorial societies and more than 500 chapters.

resource-usdaUSDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
To view a status map showing what data is available for each soil survey area in the United States and Territories

resource-tdlrTexas Accessibility Standards
The State of Texas web page regarding accessibility regulations, design standards, information and enforcement

logo-fwsNational Wetlands Inventory

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is the principal Federal agency that provides information to the public on the extent and status of the Nation’s wetlands. The agency has developed a series of topical maps to show wetlands and deepwater habitats. This geospatial information is used by Federal, State, and local agencies, academic institutions, and private industry for management, research, policy development, education and planning activities. Digital data can be viewed and downloads are available through the Wetlands Mapper.

logo-naooNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Storm Prediction Center

Managed by NOAA’s National Weather Service, the Storm Prediction Center maintains a database of weather events that include a combination of official data from National Weather Service stations, reports made by individuals or local government officials, and occasionally fromobservation teams dispatched by the National Weather Service for severe storms.

National Climatic Center Storm Events Database

This website is an official publication of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) which documents the occurrence of storms and other significant weather phenomena having sufficient intensity to cause loss of life, injuries, significant property damage, and/or disruption in commerce. The information contained in the database typically lags storm events by several months, so recent storms are typically not in this database.

Climate Prediction Center – Drought Monitoring

The Palmer Drought Severity Index is a soil moisture algorithm that is useful as a drought monitoring tool for measuring impacts sensitive to soil moisture conditions such as foundations on expansive clay soil.

National Operational Hydrologic Remote Sensing Center – Historical Snow Reporting

The National Operational Hydrologic Remote Sensing Center provides historical snow history at the nearest sensing centers including the “snow water equivalent”.

logo-h2ouseH20USE

This link provides information about average water use for various household fixtures and ways to save water.

logo-roof-wind-designerRoof Wind Designer

Roof Wind Designer is intended to provide users with an easy-to-use means for determining roofsystems’ design wind loads for many commonly encountered building types that are subject to building code compliance.

logo-houstongisCity of Houston GIS

The online maps are a web-based system for sharing, finding, and using maps, layers, and services within the City of Houston jurisdiction. It is useful for finding flood zones, underground utilities, independent school districts, HCAD parcel information, etc.