Role of risk analysis in fire engineering: a research perspective

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ConferenceAPEC Fire Safe Engineering: A Research Perspective: 24 May 2005, Wellington, N.Z.
Pages127; # of pages: 27
Subjectfire engineering, risk, performance design; Fire
AbstractThe move of many countries to adopt building and fire regulation based upon outcome or performance based principles is posing some very interesting challenges to the fire research community. Many of the prescriptive solutions upon which the majority of traditional building and fire codes have been based were established over time on the basis of experience. Few of them had any formal measurement of performance and in many cases there was a complete lack of the knowledge required to establish an appropriate measurement criteria. Often, where there were test methods, these did little but result in relative rankings of one solution/product over another and were often only distantly related to the hazard being managed. A good example of this approach is the use of standard fire ratings of assemblies where there is relatively universal agreement that the fire challenge used in the test is rarely realistic in terms of the challenge that the assembly would experience in a ?real? fire today.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number48144
NPARC number20378253
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