International Forum of Fire Research Directors: A Position Paper on Evaluation of Structural Fire Resistance. Short Communication.
International Forum of Fire Research Directors: A
Position Paper on Evaluation of Structural Fire
Resistance. Short Communication.
Grosshandler, W. L.
Fire Safety Journal, Vol. 38, No. 7, 645-650, November
fire safety; fire resistance; test methods; performance
The International FORUM of Fire Research Directors
periodically takes positions on issues dealing with the
direction and implementation of fire research with the
potential for significant impact on safety and/or global
standards and test methods. This short communication
represents the FORUM's position on structural fire
resistance test methods and evaluation procedures. It is
proposed that the prediction of the performance of
coupled building systems to the point of impending
failure in a fire be established as an overriding goal
for the construction and building products industries,
and that research be channeled to produce the material
data bases, the new instrumentation, the expanded test
facilities, and the innovative analytical methods to
support the changes to standards, codes and practices
that are necessary to attain this goal.