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Licensed contractors educated in seismic retrofits are the backbone of CEA BB’s success. You can help your clients protect their houses and gain valuable skills to help market your business by taking a free online FEMA Education Course to be eligible to join the Contractor Directory.
Participating Policyholders are required to hire a contractor listed on the Contractor Directory or complete the CEA BB retrofit themselves.
CEA Brace + Bolt offers select policyholders up to $3,000 in incentive funds towards seismic retrofits and they must select a contractor, if they aren’t a “do-it-yourselfer”, from the Contractor Directory to receive bids and begin their retrofit projects. As a licensed contractor, you can be added to the Directory by completing the free online FEMA education training.
In addition, once you complete the training, you can also receive a Brace + Bolt FEMA-Trained logo to use on your website or in printed material in addition to other marketing materials, including yard signs and brochures.
CEA BB was developed to help select CEA policyholders reduce the risk of damage to their older house during an earthquake with a “code-compliant” brace and bolt retrofit.
As an accommodation to individuals that may have some need to have a third-party representative complete the CEA BB Program Application, we provide the Registration Authorization Form.
The seismic retrofit includes adding anchor bolts and bracing in the crawl space around the perimeter of the foundation to improve the connection between the wooden framing and concrete foundation. Contractors experienced in seismic retrofitting, specifically with California Existing Building Code (CEBC) Chapter A3, 2010 Edition, are sought after for this work.
The program is limited to funding retrofit expenses that:
All retrofit work that complies with Chapter A3 is done in the crawl space and around the perimeter of the foundation. The approved retrofit is for bolting and bracing – anchor bolts or foundation plates and plywood or OSB sheathing on the perimeter cripple walls. (See additional information on qualifying retrofits.)
Contractors who want to join Brace Bolt Program and be part of the Contractor Directory must: