Survey of Code Officials on Performance-Based Codes and Risk-Based Assessment.
Survey of Code Officials on Performance-Based Codes and
VanRickley, C. W.
Codes Forum, 42-43,45-46, January/February 1996.
Sponsor:National Institute of Standards and Technology,
codes; risk assessment; decision making; surveys;
performance based codes
A survey was administered at the 1995 annual conference
of BOCA (Building Officials and Code Administrators),
ICBO (International Conference of Building Officials)
and SBCCI (Southern Building Code Congress
International). The survey was structured to estimate
the status of performance-based codes and risk-based
analysis. There is a need to develop codes that
contribute to reducing the building construction time
and maintaining acceptable levels of life safety.
Further investigation is needed to determine where the
building and fire officials believe performance-based
codes will fit into their requirements to provide
reasonable levels of fire protection and life safety. A
need exists to review existing computer fire-prediction
models and to develop and validate additional models to
support the designs and concepts that will be developed
through performance-based building analysis. The models
must be usable by both design professionals and code