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Concepts of a Performance-Based Building Regulatory System for the United States. Report of the 1996 Activities of the SFPE Focus Group on Concepts of a Performance-Based System for the United States.


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Meacham, B. J.

NIST GCR 98-762; 51 p. November 1998.

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National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD

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Keywords:

building codes; computer models; fire codes; fire protection engineering; fire safety; fire safety evaluation system; histories; International Standards Org.; life safety code; NFPA 101; performance based codes; risk analysis

Abstract:

The United States' building and fire communities have recently begun transitioning towards the implementation of performance-based building regulations and the use of performance-based fire safety engineering. As a means to facilitate discussion and gain insight as to the potential structure of a performance-based building regulatory system for the United States, and to help the Society of Fire Protection Engineers place the engineering aspects of such a system into perspective, the SFPE Focus Group on Concepts of a Performance-Based System for the United States was created in March 1996. This group, which represents a wide cross-section of the United States' building and fire communities, provided key input on such issues as why the United States is moving towards a performance-based system, how such a system might be structured, what components will be required for such a system to work, and what education and qualification issues need to be addressed. The conceptual framework for a performance-based system that was used as the basis of discussion, the comments received on that conceptual framework, and a summary of the focus group discussion and consensus on a performance-based system for the United States are provided.