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Progress Report on Fire Modeling and Validation.

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Jones, W. W.

NISTIR 5835; NISTIR 6030; 12 p. May 1996.

U.S./Japan Government Cooperative Program on Natural Resources (UJNR). Fire Research and Safety. 13th Joint Panel Meeting. Volume 2. NISTIR 6030. March 13-20, 1996, Gaithersburg, MD, Beall, K. A., Editor(s), 7-14 pp, 1997.

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fire models; validation


The nations of the world are moving toward performance based building code standards which will establish a level of safety or risk rather then the traditional prescriptive codes which specify the performance of components. Performance evaluations can then use trade offs between many factors to provide the required level of safety. Computer models are the means to ascertain the performance of buildings built with new materials and new contents. As these models progress and become more entrenched in the regulatory system, it is paramount there be a continual effort to insure their validity. The accuracy of the models of individual phenomena is, and should be, addressed during development. However, the interaction of various parts of the system are not always well understood. This paper is part of the continuing effort to test the complete system model with full scale and real scale tests and experiments. The International Standards Organization (ISO), together with the Conseil International du Batiment (CIB), is establishing a framework for deciding on the appropriateness of a model to meet the requirements of those who wish to use them in predicting the environment in a building. This paper discusses the status of this work and lays out the time table for the completion of this effort, leading to a proposal for an ISO standard.