This two-day course presents a review of the performance-based design process and its
applicability to the design of fire alarm systems. The course covers the developing of a
stakeholder committee, refining performance objectives to concrete performance criteria, and
developing performance equivalent alternative designs. Fire dynamics and the roll of fire
modeling in the design process and design documentation are also addressed.
Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:
- Understand the process of performance-based design and how it is applied to the design
of fire alarm systems.
- Understand the nature and character of fire and the associated products of combustion.
- Analyze fire hazards.
- Distinguish current technologies used to mitigate fire damage by proper design,
construction, arrangement, and occupancy type of buildings.
- Knowledge of how to mitigate fire damage by proper design, construction, arrangement
and use of buildings.
- Understand the basics of design, installation, and maintenance of fire detection and
suppression communication systems.
- Identify the factors that influence design and inputs from stakeholders and authority
- Determine suitable detection methods and technologies to satisfy performance
Successful completion of the NFPA Fire Alarm Code Course or equivalent knowledge. Basic
computer skills, and basic knowledge of performance-based design. Know and apply fire and life
safety codes and standards. Can read and understand basic construction drawings/technical
Fire Protection Engineers (FPEs), Fire Alarm Designers, Code Officials, Plan Reviewers, Design
Participants should bring with them their own copies of NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code®; NFPA
72®, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code®, and a scientific calculator.
Participants will be assessed via a written exam upon completion of the course. A passing score
of 70% will be required to obtain a Certificate of Completion.