This course will provide an overview of The SFPE Engineering Guide to Performance-Based
Fire Protection. This process identifies methods that includes defining a project scope;
developing goals, objectives and performance criteria; selecting design fire scenarios and design
fires; developing and evaluating trial designs; and preparing design documentation. Emerging
issues related to Performance-Based Design (PBD) will also be covered such as incorporating
Risk Informed Methods in PBD; selecting an appropriate fire model for a given application;
estimating required safe egress time (RSET); performance-based design in tall buildings;
performance-based design in long tunnels; performance-based design in structural fire
engineering; conducting peer review for a performance-based design and performance-based
design ITM for fire protection systems
Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:
- Define the process outlined in the SFPE Engineering Guide to Performance-Based Fire
- Formulate fire safety goals & objectives for a given project.
- Prepare a fire hazard assessment for a designed project.
- Differentiate and apply the different types of acceptance criteria.
- Estimate design fires based on a given scenario.
- Contrast the differences in incorporating deterministic vs probabilistic approaches.
- Identify the important steps in selecting a fire model for a given application.
- Estimate REST
- Outline the steps in performing a structural fire engineering analysis.
- Discuss fire safety issues in tall buildings and long tunnels.
- Identify the steps to conducting a peer review for a PBD project
- Explain how to implement a performance-based ITM program for fire protection systems
Participants should have a fundamental understanding of the SFPE Engineering Guide to Fire Risk Assessment.
This course is intended for engineers who are interested in applying the concepts of
performance-based design (PBD) and enforcement officials who review PBD or engineering
alternatives to prescriptive codes.
Participants will be assessed via a written exam upon completion. They will need to pass with a
minimum score of 70%.