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Performance-Based Design

Performance-based design is the application of science and engineering to design fire protection and life safety systems in buildings, taking into account the specific characteristics of the building under consideration. This alternate method is utilized when applying generic "boilerplate" requirements found in prescriptive building and fire codes may not be appropriate due to a building's unique characteristics. Performance based design in the United States is generally achieved via "equivalencies" or "alternates". In the US, most buildings are still designed under prescriptive building codes based on the International Code Council (ICC) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

 

Performance-based design differs from prescriptive design in that designers can use alternative solutions as long as they meet the stated goal of the performance-based code. The goal of a performance-based code is usually very broad and differs from prescriptive codes which spell out exactly what steps should be taken to reach the final objective. Although the International Codes (IBC, IFC, IMC, etc.) are largely prescriptive in nature, IBC 104.11 "Alternative materials, design and methods of construction and equipment" allow for performance based fire design as long it is approved by the Authority Having Jurisdiction. In addition, the NFPA has begun to include performance-based options in several of its prescriptive codes. Consequently, any performance based design in the US must first be discussed with the appropriate AHJs.

 

Do you have a unique design constraint that doesn't fit in the black-and-white of the code?

We can provide engineering solutions that will ensure that it complies with the intent of the provisions of the code.

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