Why the extra four-feet above Base Flood Elevation (BFE)?

The BFEs are minimum expected flood levels. Deeper flood levels are possible. Additionally, there are substantial flood insurance discounts for every additional foot above BFE (known as freeboard) is up to a maximum four feet.

Note: The current building code requires new and Substantially Improved buildings be elevated to BFE plus one-foot. This height is referred to as the Design Flood Elevation (DFE). By default, these buildings end up having a minimum one-foot of freeboard.

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1. Will the exemption allow me to build a taller building?
2. How high can I elevate my building?
3. Why the extra four-feet above Base Flood Elevation (BFE)?
4. Can I raise my building so the first floor is higher than four feet above the flood level.
5. The referendum said buildings could be as tall as 40-feet, so why can't I build a 40-foot building?
6. Where is the building measured from?
7. Why is the building height exception so confusing?