Using Fire Models to Establish Performance Requirements for the Design of Buildings.
Using Fire Models to Establish Performance Requirements
for the Design of Buildings.
Stroup, D. W.
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), 89-96 pp,
Available from: National Technical Information Service
Order number: PB97-184204
fire safety; fire research; fire models; building
design; fire risk; risk assessment; methodology; risk
management; fire risk assessment
Based on continuing research into fire phenomena, the
General Services Administration (GSA) has developed a
methodology for assessing building fire safety. Fire
modeling together with product test data is used to
identify fire safety risks and develop corrective
actions. This methodology gives GSA the ability to
develop performance-based fire protection requirements
for each of its buildings. This paper describes recent
cooperative work between GSA and the National Institute
of Standards and Technology to enhance the GSA Fire Risk
Assessment methodology. Efforts to develop a procedure
for using small scale test data in place of full or
medium scale tests are discussed. In addition, an
actual fire experience is used to illustrate the
successful application of the methodology.