Assessment of the Technological Requirements for the Realization of Performance-Based Fire Safety Design in the United States. Phase 1. Fundamental Requirements.
Assessment of the Technological Requirements for the
Realization of Performance-Based Fire Safety Design in
the United States. Phase 1. Fundamental Requirements.
Meacham, B. J.
International Conference on Fire Research and
Engineering (ICFRE2), Second (2nd). Proceedings.
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
and Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE). August
3-8, 1997, Gaithersburg, MD, Society of Fire Protection
Engineers, Boston, MA, 212-225 pp, 1998.
Sponsor:National Institute of Standards and Technology,
fire research; fire protection engineering; fire safety
Performance-based fire safety design methods are being
used or developed in many parts of the world. The bases
of several of these methods are the many fire
engineering tools and methods developed in the United
States. Unfortunately, these tools and methodologies
are not being widely applied within the United States.
There are many reasons for this, including the lack of
performance-based fire and building codes in general
use, and, where there are such codes or regulations, the
lack of documentation on the availability and
application of credible fire safety engineering tools
and methodologies for fire safety design. To help
assess the technological requirements for realization of
performance-based fire safety design in the United
States, the Society of Fire Protecion Engineers, under a
grant from the National Institute of Standards and
Technology, Building and Fire Research Laboratory, began
a research effort in September 1995. In Phase 1 of the
effort, the intent of a performance-based approach to
fire safety analysis and design has been identified,
evaluation of performance-based approaches to fire
safety analysis and design from around the world has
begun, and a framework for a performance-based approach
to fire safety analysis and design for use in the United
States has been outlined.