Developing Rational, Performance-Based Fire Safety Requirements in Model Building Codes.
Developing Rational, Performance-Based Fire Safety
Requirements in Model Building Codes.
Bukowski, R. W.; Babrauskas, V.
Fire and Materials, Vol. 18, No. 3, 173-191, May/June
building codes; fire safety; smoke movement; fire
spread; fire detection; fire suppression; evacuation;
The technical and philosophical basis for
performance-based assessment of building fire
performance is reviewed. A strategy for the evolution
of a performance code is described. Current efforts
toward the development of performance codes in the USA
and Japan are reviewed. Recommendations for critical
steps necessary to advance the development and
acceptance of performance codes are presented. The
table of contents of the Japanese risk methodology for
assessing 'Article 38 equivalencies' is included in an