What is a Freeboard ?

Definition of Freeboard in Construction

In the design of a structure located within the shoreline floodplain or other watershed floodplain, the additional height that the structure is protected from flood waters above the BFE ( base flood elevation ) is called the freeboard. In normal flood protection design a free board of 1 to 2 feet is common. The higher the freeboard designed, the less the flood insurance will be cost the owner of the structure. Additional information can be found on