Fire Protection of Structural Steel in High-Rise Buildings.
Fire Protection of Structural Steel in High-Rise
Goode, M. G.
NIST GCR 04-872; 88 p. July 2004.
Sponsor:National Institute of Standards and Technology,
high rise buildings; fire protection; steel structures;
fire resistive materials; fire endurance; performance
This report summarizes activities, conclusions and
recommendations of the National Institute of Standards
and Technology (NIST) sponsored study on fire protection
of structural steel in highrise buildings. The report
includes an overview of existing, new, and potential
materials, systems, and technologies for fire protection
of structural steel. We provide an overview of the
current requirements and a review of the evolution of
these performance requirements for building
construction, and a discussion of appropriate test
methods and procedures to evaluate fire endurance
performance of structural steel. These objectives were
addressed in a two-day (by invitation) experts workshop,
with the development and priority ranking of
recommendations to improve upon the status quo. The top
three recommendations are to develop: an improved
structural design methodology; improved testing
procedures for fire resistive materials, technologies,
and systems, and; an acceptance of increased
responsibility by building operations and maintenance
personnel for sustaining the technologies, systems, and
materials that constitute the fire protection system.