BFE (Base Flood Elevation)

What is BFE (Base Flood Elevation) ?

Definition of BFE (Base Flood Elevation) in Construction

The BFE is determined by FEMA ( Federal Emergency Management Administration ) that identifies the floodplain zones around the country.

The BFE is the base flood elevation and is a reference point to determine flood protection requirements. The BFE is noted on the FEMA floodplain maps which are currently being updated. The updates of these maps have been required due to the tremendous damage caused by recent hurricanes such as hurricane Katrina and Sandy. Flood insurance is based upon the BFE and this elevation is extremely important to the design and final detailing of structures located on the shoreline or within the floodplain boundaries as newly determined. Additional information can be found on