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Progress Toward a Performance-Based Codes System for the United States.


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Bukowski, R. W.

Applications of Fire Safety Engineering. Symposium for '97 FORUM. Proceedings. FORUM for International Cooperation on Fire Research, Tianjin Fire Research Inst. and Shanghai Yatai Fire Engineering Co., Ltd. October 6-7, 1997, Tianjin, China, 97-107 pp, 1997.

Keywords:

fire safety; safety engineering; fire research; performance based codes; standards; codes

Abstract:

The United States codes and standards are currently undergoing a complete revision to bring them eventually to a performance basis. While the process is unique to the U.S. due to its legal structure and constitution the end result is envisioned to be consistent with similar changes to codes around the world. This paper reviews the historical reasons behind the U.S. codes and standards system, current efforts to develop a single model code, and the process and schedule for the implementation of a performance code. Draft scope and intent statements from the new performance code are presented and some enforcement issues related to performance-based regulation are discussed.