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Fire Safety Evaluation System (FSES) for Business Occupancies Software (ver 1.0 for Windows (R)) User's Manual. A Windows (R) Implementation of the FSES Found in Chapter 7 of NFPA 101A 1995 Edition.


pdf icon Fire Safety Evaluation System (FSES) for Business Occupancies Software (ver 1.0 for Windows (R)) User's Manual. A Windows (R) Implementation of the FSES Found in Chapter 7 of NFPA 101A 1995 Edition. (4777 K)
Hughes Associates, Incorporated

NIST GCR 00-794; PB2001-104055; 63 p. July 2000.

Sponsor:

National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD

Available from:

National Technical Information Service (NTIS), Technology Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, Springfield, VA 22161.
Telephone: 1-800-553-6847 or 703-605-6000;
Fax: 703-605-6900; Rush Service (Telephone Orders Only) 800-553-6847;
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Keywords:

computer programs; Fire Safety Evaluation System; life safety code; NFPA 101

Abstract:

This manual is designed to familiarize users with the PC-based Computerized Fire Safety Evaluation System (FSES) for Business Occupancies (Version 1.0). This initial version of the PC-based FSES for Business Occupancies is a direct translation of the methodology contained in NFPA 101A, Guide on Alternative Approaches to Life Safety (1995 ed.), but with user enhancements. Future versions of this program will incorporate specific fire hazard calculation methods and fire risk elements to permit risk/benefit analysis of existing and planned office or business occupancies. Program development was sponsored by the General Services Administration and the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Building and Fire Research Laboratory. The development was performed by Hughes Associates, Inc. under grant from NIST. This effort is part of a broad based technology development program underway at NIST to develop performance/risk based methods for integration of fire protection equivalency into building design and evaluation. The methodology in this PC-based FSES is intended for use in comparing levels of safety which differ from the specified requirements in the NFPA 101 Life Safety Code. Results are presented in terms of relative equivalence to the Life Safety Code. It is assumed that the user has a working knowledge of both the NFPA 101 Life Safety Code and NFPA 101A. In addition, rudimentary knowledge of the Microsoft Windows (TM) environment and conventions are required.