Introduction to Performance-Based Design for Fire – Process and Examples Seminar & Reception
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Introduction to Performance-Based Design for Fire – Process and Examples Seminar & Reception

When: Seminar: 1:00-5:00 PM (UNCC Health & Human Services, Room 128)
Reception: 5:30-7:30 PM (Student Union, Room 340 DE )
Where: College of Health & Human Services, Room 128
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
8844 Craver Rd
Charlotte, North Carolina  28262
United States

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Date: Tuesday February 19, 2019
Seminar: 1:00-5:00 PM at University of North Carolina at Charlotte, College of Health & Human Services, Room 128
Reception: 5:30-7:30 PM at Student Union, Room 340 DE
Parking: Closet parking for both events is at Union Deck the rates can be found here


This 4-hour seminar will provide an overview of performance-based design (PBD) for fire, focusing on the concepts described within the SFPE Engineering Guide to Performance-Based Fire Protection, and providing case-study examples which illustrate the application of the process to design challenges. The seminar will discuss opportunities for the use of PBD concepts within prescriptive- and performance-based building code environments, as well as in situations that are ‘outside’ of the code. The need for applying a wide range of engineering tools and methods will be discussed, from simple analytical relationships to complex computational models. The need for ‘early and often’ discussions with stakeholders, including the authority having jurisdiction, will be highlighted. Deterministic and risk-informed approaches, and the need to address sources of uncertainty and variability will be, discussed. Identification and use of ‘appropriate’ data will be overviewed. One case study will be used to illustrate the application of the process, and a second case study will be applied interactively with participants to discuss how they would apply the process and move toward meeting stakeholder objectives.

Learning Objectives:

After completing this seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe how PBD is different than ‘code-based’ design
  • Define the PBD process for fire as outlined in the SFPE Engineering Guide to Performance-Based Fire Protection
  • Describe the importance of stakeholder involvement in the formulation and agreement of fire and life safety goals & objectives for a given project
  • Identify and describe pros and cons of different types of design (acceptance) criteria
  • Describe fire scenario, design fire scenario, and design fire, and how one gets from fire scenarios to design fires (design-bases fires)
  • Identify differences between risk- or probabilistic-based approaches and deterministic approaches, and where and how both may be helpful in a given project
  • Identify various methods of evaluation and tools for evaluation
  • Identify essential information to be included within the Fire Protection Engineering Design Brief (FPEDB), the PBD Report, and the Operations and Maintenance Manual (OMM)

Target Audience 

This seminar is intended for students, engineers and others who are interested in understanding and applying the concepts of PBD for fire, and enforcement officials who review PBD or engineering alternatives to prescriptive codes.

Seminar Assessment

Upon completion you will be awarded a certificate of attendance. 
CEUs .4 | PDHs 4.


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