Master an Approach Based on Fire Safety Goals, Fire Scenarios, and the Assessment of Design Alternatives
Performance-Based Fire Safety Design demonstrates how fire science can be used to solve fire protection problems in the built environment. It also provides an understanding of the performance-based design process, deterministic and risk-based analysis techniques, development of design fire scenarios, trial design development and analysis, and building lifecycle management.
Develop a Strategy That Meets the Fire Safety Goals for a Building
Topics addressed include designing to protect people from fire, design of detection systems, smoke control systems and structural fire resistance, addressing computational and design uncertainty, and fire testing to support design development or evaluation.
Performance-Based Fire Safety Design focuses on the development and application of performance-based fire safety design approaches. Written by leading experts in the field, this text addresses the unique features and uses of a building and helps you gain a better understanding of how a building will perform in the event of a fire.
"This book could serve as a useful companion to the SFPE Engineering Guide on Performance-Based Fire Protection, especially for those practitioners who are new to the field and seeking to understand performance concepts in more depth than is provided in the SFPE Guide."
—Brian Meacham, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA
"The approach in this book is fantastic. Providing practical applications on how performance-based design is used in both prescriptive-based regulations and performance-based regulations is a strong motivational factor for any fire safety engineer. Additionally, the book provides a unique and much needed approach to show how performance-based is linked to the design of fire protection systems. …this book fills a much needed void by providing practical guidance for the practicing fire safety engineer."
—Chris Jelenewicz, P.E., SFPE Senior Manager for Engineering Practice, Society of Fire Protection Engineers, USA
"Certainly as a US-specific guide, it is a very useful for students, AHJ’s, fire department personnel, and fire protection engineers, as it provides an introduction to nearly every aspect of fire protection: from hazards and risk, to types of fire protection systems and human behavioral response."
—David Barber, Fire Technology
"A quick read weighing in at less than 200 pages, the book provides a variety of references for further reading while being a self-contained resource unto itself. An index furthers the book's efficacy. For newcomers, Performance-Based Fire Safety Design can become an eventually dog-eared tome to build a library around; for veterans, a majority of the research and equations outlined should be familiar but one can never be reminded enough of the building blocks of fire protection upon which our industry is based. And the book accomplishes this in the context of lessons on PBD."
—Fire Protection Engineering
What Is Performance-Based Design?
History of Performance-Based Design of Buildings
Advantages and Disadvantages of Performance-Based Design of Buildings
Process of Performance-Based Design
Application of Performance-Based Design
Hazard and Risk
Design Fire Scenarios
Elements of Fire Scenarios
Methods to Determine Possible Fire Scenarios
Design Fire Scenarios
Life Safety Code Requirements
Design Fire Curve
Fire Curve Creation Methodologies
Impact of Analysis Methodology Selection
Fire Dynamics and Hazard Calculations
Fire Environment Temperature
Selecting a Modeling Approach
Simple Approach for Nonsteady Situations
Response to Cues
Impact of the Environment
Detection and Suppression System Design
Detection System Design
Types of Detectors
Suppression System Design
Smoke Control Design
Smoke Control Methods
Structural Fire Resistance
Design of Structural Fire Resistance
Testing Outline and Plan
Performance-Based Design Documentation and Management
Performance-Based Design Management
Changes during Construction
Change in Use
Operations and Maintenance Manual
Methods of Treating Uncertainty
Uncertainty in the Performance-Based Design Process