Cumulative Substantial Improvement + Damage Tracking

To enable more flexible SI/SD workflows for your community, we've added cumulative tracking for substantial improvement and damage to your dashboard.


Log SI/SD Costs: To input costs, navigate to the SI/SD tab in the Property Info Panel (this will appear when you select a property address). Click +Add New and a pop-up prompts you to enter the date of improvement/damage, total value, and type of cost (either "Improvement Cost" or "Substantial Damage"). You can also add an optional description for the cost. This might be useful if you want to track your improvements by permit number, for example. After clicking Save, this cost is displayed under the Costs of Improvements & Damage heading. You can edit or delete this cost at any time by clicking Edit for the listing.


Track Cumulative SI/SD: Under the Summary heading, view 50% of Market Value, Tracking Period, and Total SI/SD Costs for the property. You can also view a visual display of total cost as a percentage of the property's market value. The dashed line on the graph marks the 50% market value threshold for SI/SD. When the total cost nears this threshold, the graph turns yellow and a warning appears at the top of the SI/SD tab. When the total cost passes this threshold, the graph turns red and another warning appears.

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Adjust Market Value of a Property: Forerunner automatically inputs the market value of a building based on our parcel data and your adjustment ratio. This assessed value is calculated by adjusting the improvement value of the property. To input another property value, click Edit for the 50% of Market Value listing (under the Summary heading). Select Other value estimate to manually input your own market value estimate (actual cash value, appraisals, etc). Then click Save to adjust calculations for the SI/SD threshold. Later, you can switch back to Forerunner's market value by returning to the Edit screen and selecting Assessed Value.

View Historical Costs: While costs outside of the tracking period are not added to the cumulative improvement value for evaluating against the SI/SD threshold, you can still view these entries. Under the Costs of Improvements & Damage heading, click Show # excluded records to display historical costs to the property. These entries appear in a light grey as a distinction between costs within the tracking period range. Click Hide # excluded records to hide these entries.

SI/SD Account Settings: The % threshold that you're evaluating for SI/SD (usually 50%) and the adjustment ratio used to determine the property's Market Value are set at the account level for your community. To change these, get in touch with us at

Substantial Improvement Tracking

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Stay on top of improvement costs for individual parcels with in-app substantial improvement tracking! To log an improvement, navigate to the Improvements tab in your Property Info Panel (you'll find it directly under the property address). Click +Add New and a modal will pop up prompting you to enter a date and value. The date you enter will differ depending on how you track cumulative substantial improvement in your community, but it's likely that you will enter your permit application date. Clicking Save will log the improvement. As you add additional improvements, the values will be summed and the total will be displayed as Total improvement value. Compare this to the pertinent value in the Parcel info section of your Property Info Panel to see if you've passed the 50% threshold. We're working on bringing this parcel info into Improvements, so this workflow will become easier in the next month or so.

If you want to change the information for an improvement you previously logged, click Edit next to that entry. An edit modal will appear, allowing you to make and save changes. If you want to delete the entry altogether, just select Delete at the bottom left corner of the edit window. Another modal will appear prompting you to confirm your selection. Happy tracking!

Compliance Warnings


To help you with compliance checking, we've added a series of warnings to our Property Info Panel. You'll find them at the top of the Panel, under the Google Street View image. The warnings are meant to notify you of discrepancies, map changes, or insurance requirements for properties in your jurisdiction. For properties with an EC on file, we'll also alert you to potential compliance issues (like LFEs below the BFE). The warnings are divided into three color-coded categories:

Informative warnings (grey)

  • Flood insurance requirement. This structure is within the SFHA and may have a mandatory flood insurance purchase requirement.
  • Flood zone and BFE changes. There are changes in the Flood Zone and BFE between the Effective & Preliminary FIRMs for this property.
  • Flood zone changes. There are changes in the Flood Zone between the Effective & Preliminary FIRMs for this property.
  • BFE changes. There are changes in the BFE between the Effective & Preliminary FIRMs for this property.

Building attribute warnings (yellow)

  • Flood vent area is lower than requirement for crawlspace or enclosure. The total net area of flood openings for this structure is not large enough, given the square footage of crawlspace or enclosure.
  • Flood vent area is lower than requirement for attached garage. The total net area of flood openings for this structure is not large enough, given the square footage of attached garage.
  • LFE is below your Freeboard requirement. This structure’s Lowest Floor Elevation is below the Freeboard Requirement.

Elevation warnings (red)

  • LFE is below the BFE. This structure’s Lowest Floor Elevation is below the Base Flood Elevation.
  • Machinery is below the BFE. This structure’s Lowest Elevation of Machinery is below the Base Flood Elevation for both the Effective & Preliminary FIRMs.

Lowest Floor Elevation (LFE)

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We're now highlighting your property's Lowest Floor Elevation (LFE) in the Property Info Panel. You can reach the Property Info Panel by searching for an address in Map, clicking on a parcel, or by clicking on an EC icon. Once the panel is open, scroll down to Building attribute info. The Lowest Floor Elevation will be highlighted in yellow and marked with a label.

See this spreadsheet for more information about the logic we used to determine the LFE.

Google Street View


Google Street View imagery has been added to your Property Info Panel! This imagery should make it easier for you to contextualize your FIRM and EC data. To access the imagery, just open the Property Info Panel by searching for an address in the Map, clicking on an EC, or clicking on a parcel. Depending on the location of the property, images may be obstructed by street features or angled. For addresses that were not photographable by Google Street View, the next closest Street View image is returned.

Select Parcels

You can now click any parcel in your Map to open the Property Info Panel. In the Maps section of your dashboard, you will see that parcel footprints have been added (visible on both the Satellite and Light Gray base maps). The address associated with a parcel will appear if you hover your cursor over a parcel. Clicking on the parcel will open the Property Info Panel for that address. For parcels with an extracted EC on file, Firm map info, Building attribute info, and Parcel info will be populated. For parcels without an EC. FIRM map info and Parcel info will be available.


Navigation and Info Panel Redesign


To make room for additional data and for ease of use, we've made a few navigation changes to the dashboard:

  1. Sidebar Navigation. Your sidebar navigation is now collapsed into icons on the left-hand side of your screen, but each section remains the same. Hovering over the icons in the dashboard will reveal a tab with that section's corresponding name. Click the icon to navigate to that section of the dashboard.
  2. Property Info Panel Tabs. At the top of your Property Info Panel, you'll see that a couple of tabs have been added under the address header. Those tabs are Overview and Permits. The Permits tab contains any Elevation Certificate files we have on file for the address. Overview contains FIRM info, Building attribute info, and Parcel info.

Additional Map Base Layer

We've added a grayscale base layer to our Map as an alternative to satellite imagery. You can now toggle between the two base layers.

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To access this improvement, click the layers icon at the bottom right-hand corner of your Map view. At the top of the layer menu, you'll find a section titled Base Map. Choose Light Gray to see this new base. Your default base layer will still be Satellite.

Export Data

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We've added custom data export parameters to your app. The export function is available through both your Certificates view and your Map view. In Certificates, you'll find the Export Data button at the upper righthand corner, next to + Add New. Similarly, on your Map, you'll see the same button at the upper righthand corner, near the address search bar. Clicking either one of these buttons will open the same modal window, where you'll find several options including:

  • Export Type: Choose between exporting your PDF ECs in a compressed ZIP file or the geospatial data as a Shapefile.
  • Date Range: You can export all of your ECs or just a subset, based on issue date. Selecting Custom will prompt you to enter a date range. If you're exporting ECs for CRS, you can use this to choose just your new permits.
  • Elevation Certificates are based on: You can be even more specific by selecting Finished Construction Only, which will filter out ECs based on Construction Drawings and Building Under Construction. This export option might come in handy when you're exporting for CRS purposes, as well!

Once you click the blue Export button in the Export Elevation Certificates modal, your export will be queued. Once it's ready for download, you'll receive an email message with further instructions.

Parcel Level Determinations

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We've reconfigured out mapping to give you geospatial information by parcel, when possible, instead of by geocoded point. This will help those of you who use our dashboard to inform flood zone determinations, since now we can tell you if an address is associated with a parcel that falls between more than one zone. You'll find this change in the Map section of your Forerunner dashboard. Navigate to an address by clicking on an orange EC point or by searching for the address. Once the Property Info Panel populates, you'll find that the map highlights the parcel corresponding to the address with a blue line. The Flood Zones and BFEs listed under Firm map info in your Property Info Panel will be determined using this parcel outline. If the parcel falls between two or more flood zones, we will show you information for the most restrictive flood zones. These zones are ranked, from most restrictive to least, in the following order:

  1. Zone VE

  2. Zone AE

  3. Zone AO, AH

  4. Zones A99

  5. Zone AR

  6. Zone V

  7. Zone A

  8. Zone X (0.2 pct annual chance flood hazard)

  9. Zone X (area of minimal flood hazard)

While this level of detail is more specific than point data, please note that the determination is for a parcel, not a given structure. You'll find a disclaimer noting this at the bottom of the Firm map info section of your Property Info Panel. If a parcel outline is not available for a given address, the determination will be placed on a geocoded point instead. The disclaimer at the bottom of the section will note this for your information.