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Research Agenda for Fire Protection Engineering.

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Hurley, M. J.

NISTIR 6588; NIST GCR 00-791; 53 p. June 2000.

Interscience Communications Ltd.; Building Research Establishment; National Fire Protection Association; National Institute of Standards and Technology; Society of Fire Protection Engineers; and Swedish National Testing and Research Institute. Interflam '2001. International Interflam Conference, 9th Proceedings. Volume 1. September 17-19, 2001, ON BOOK SHELF: TH9112.I57 2001, Edinburgh, Scotland, Interscience Communications Ltd., London, England, 183-193 pp, 2001 AND U.S./Japan Government Cooperative Program on Natural Resources (UJNR). Fire Research and Safety. 15th Joint Panel Meeting. Volume 2. NISTIR 6588. Proceedings. March 1-7, 2000, San Antonio, TX, Bryner, S. L., Editor, 335-340 pp, 2000 AND Research Agenda for Fire Protection Engineering. Workshop. NIST GCR 00-971. October 21-22, 1999, 2001.


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**EACH PAPER IS TREATED LIKE A SEPARATE DOCUMENT AND MAY BE VIEWED AND/OR DOWNLOADED THAT WAY** "Fire protection engineering" is the application of scientific and engineering principles to protect people and their environment from destructive fire. As the primary appliers of fire protection research, fire protection engineers form one of the principal links between researchers and the end users of fire protection technology. Fire protection engineering utilizes fire prevention, passive and active fire protection measures, and evacuation strategies to provide the safety required by society at a reasonable cost. Other strategies such as fire safety education, training and fire service response are also used, although other professional groups such as the educational, environmental and legal communities are more active in these areas. Every profession must strive to find better, more cost effective methods to achieve its goals, and fire protection engineering is no exception. However, there are limited resources available to finance fire related research, which makes it necessary to ensure that the research that is conducted will have the greatest impact. Fire protection engineers, as the primary appliers of fire protection technology, have an understanding of the areas where technology development is most needed. On October 21 and 22, 1999 the Society of Fire Protection Engineers hosted an international workshop to develop a research agenda for fire protection engineering. The 70 attendees came from around the world and from all segments of fire protection practice: consulting, insurance, education, research, manufacturing, enforcement, and facilities management. The purpose of the workshop was to identify research needs of the fire protection engineering community. Throughout the world, there are changes occurring that will facilitate the timely implementation of research results. The acceptance of performance-based fire protection engineering is becoming more widespread. Several countries have adopted or are in the process of adopting performance-based fire protection engineering methodologies, including Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the Nordic countries. In the U.S. a performance-based option has been included in the National Fire Protection Association's "Life Safety Code" and a new "International Performance Code" is expected to be completed shortly. Additionally, the Society of Fire Protection Engineers has published a performance-based fire protection engineering design guide to facilitate the implementation and use of these performance codes.

Selected Papers

Why Engineers Need Fire Research to Better Serve Society.
Quiter, J. R.; Hurley, M. J. Designing for Fire.
Nutt, J. Fire Research Strategies: A Business Rationale.
Fitzgerald, P. M.