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Assessment of the Technological Requirements for the Realization of Performance-Based Fire Safety Design in the United States. Phase 1. Fundamental Requirements.


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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, Gaithersburg, MD

Keywords:

fire research; fire protection engineering; fire safety

Abstract:

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.