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How to Evaluate Alternative Designs Based on Fire Modeling.


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Bukowski, R. W.

NFPA Journal, Vol. 89, No. 2, 68-70,72-74, March/April 1995.

Keywords:

fire models; codes; evacuation; alternative design

Abstract:

These days, fire models are being widely used to help code officials determine whether alternative design analyses - such as those sometimes used in unique buildings or large projects - provide protection equivalent to that prescribed by existing building codes. However, many code officials faced with the application of a new engineering method in a high-profile project are uncomfortable if there is no independent verification that such analyses have been done properly.