SFPE Perspectives on Performance-Based Fire Safety Design.
SFPE Perspectives on Performance-Based Fire Safety
Meacham, B. J.
NISTIR 6030; June 1997.
U.S./Japan Government Cooperative Program on Natural
Resources (UJNR). Fire Research and Safety. 13th Joint
Panel Meeting. Volume 1. March 13-20, 1996,
Gaithersburg, MD, Beall, K. A., Editor(s), 19-25 pp,
Sponsor:National Institute of Standards and Technology,
Available from: National Technical Information Service
Order number: PB97-184204
fire safety; fire research; codes; fire protection
engineering; performance based codes
Performance-based codes and fire safety engineering
methods are the focus of significant disucssion,
research, and development activities worldwide. In many
respects, this is a result of the large increase in
knowledge in the areas of fire science and engineering
over the past twenty years and of the societal and
economic pressures to provide an acceptable level of
fire and life safety in buildings at a reasonable cost.
While several countries have begun to use, or are
devloping, performance-based codes, many people have
concerns about the availability of proven engineering
and design methods for use within a performance-based
code framework. Although many of the countries that are
devloping performance-based codes are also devloping
performance-based engineering and design methods, the
codes are preceding the engineering methods, and the
engineering methods have gone essentially unvalidated.