Performance-based fire engineering, also known as performance-based fire safety design, is an alternative approach that applies both science and engineering to design effective fire protection systems for buildings and protect occupants, properties, and buildings. It combines fire engineering principles with calculations and software modelling tools to satisfy established fire code requirements, while also offering added flexibility to achieve a desired level of safety.
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Most governing bodies feature generic ‘checklist’ requirements through prescriptive building and fire codes, which may not fully capture the unique safety requirements that a building has. Performance-based fire engineering overcomes this issue by directly assessing the built environment, analysing risks and opportunities, and conducting engineering calculations to ultimately formulate an individualised and unique fire safety design for clients.
Some elements that performance-based fire engineering considers include the structure of a built environment, the availability and locations of fire exits, construction materials utilised, as well as the activities being conducted in the environment. This allows us to design several candidate designs for clients to choose from, which can include different variations on layouts and safety systems.
Through performance-based fire engineering, SHEVS IFT is able to continually deliver tailor-made fire safety designs that are resilient yet cost effective, while delivering comprehensive fire safety that adheres to existing fire codes and safety regulations.
In general, the key stakeholders involved in the performance-based plan submission process include: