Industry Leading Foundation Flood Vents Prevent Damage In New Connecticut Homes Being Developed

Olson Development’s Installation of SMART VENT’S Prevent Potential Damage From Hurricane Irene

Smart Vent Products, Inc. applauds leading Connecticut custom home builder, Olson Development, LLC’s, effort for building homes with proven certified products, which prevented potential devastation from Hurricane Irene. Dedicated to building quality sustainable homes, Olson Development installed SMART VENT® automatic flood foundation systems in two of their under construction homes in Fairfield County, CT. Offering the most advanced flood protection in the industry, the SMART VENT automatic foundation flood vents protect buildings from the devastation and destruction that a hurricane, flood or other natural disaster may cause.

During Hurricane Irene, that wreaked havoc among Connecticut’s majestic shoreline homes and beaches last August, Olson Development LLC was in the process of constructing two waterfront homes in Westport and Greenwich, Connecticut. When Hurricane Irene struck, both homes experienced extreme flooding, which prompted the Smart Vent foundation flood vent system to spring into action, relieving the floodwater pressure off of the foundation walls. SMART VENT’s® flood vent system prevented potential foundation damage to both homes, which also could have affected the health, safety, and financial welfare of the homeowners and builder.

“My four year warranty on all projects necessitates installing products that perform,” said Mark Olson, owner of Olson Development, LLC. “When Hurricane Irene made a direct hit on Fairfield County in August of 2011, I had close to forty Smart Vents on two waterfront projects and every one performed flawlessly.”

Olson Development LLC

“Olson Development’s hurricane experience last summer is the perfect example of a builder doing things the proper way and seeing an immediate positive result from their construction materials decisions.” said Tom Little, Vice President of Smart Vent Products, Inc. “A well built home starts with a solid foundation; by building with certified SMART VENTs Olson Development was guaranteed that their foundations were properly protected from the powerful effects of a flood.”

Certified by the International Code Council Evaluation Service (ICC-ES)  and accepted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), each standard vent model is certified for 200 square feet of flood coverage. SMART VENT provides a line of engineered openings that utilizes the best flood venting practices to out perform a traditional air vent. Controlled by patented dual floats, SMART VENT automatically opens when flood water levels rise without electricity and without human intervention. Temperature controlled louvers control the airflow in and out of a crawlspace on all dual function models.

To see why the nation’s top contractors, architects, builders, code officials and homeowners are turning to SMART VENT foundation flood vents, or to locate a SMART VENT dealer in your area, please contact SMART VENT Products, Inc. at 877-441-8368 or visit


About Smart Vent Products

Smart Vent Products, Inc. is the worldwide leading manufacturer of foundation flood venting systems and takes pride in having the a FEMA-Accepted and ICC-ES Certified flood vent product line. Founded in 2001, products are made in the United States out of marine grade 316 stainless steel. The company is fully committed to ideals of responsible corporate citizenship, and making efforts to educate consumers, design professionals, and government officials on floodplain management techniques. For more information, visit