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Survey of Code Officials on Performance-Based Codes and Risk-Based Assessment.


pdf icon Survey of Code Officials on Performance-Based Codes and Risk-Based Assessment. (353 K)
VanRickley, C. W.

Codes Forum, 42-43,45-46, January/February 1996.

Sponsor:

National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD

Keywords:

codes; risk assessment; decision making; surveys; performance based codes

Abstract:

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 enforcement personnel.