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Author NameAlmås, Johannes
TitleBuilding Performance Evaluation: An Organization for Documentation
DepartmentFire Protection Engineering
  • Robert Fitzgerald, Major Advisor
  • Jonathan Barnett, Reader
  • David A. Lucht, Department Head
  • Keywords
  • building performance
  • fire safety
  • Date of Presentation/Defense2002-08-22
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    An organization of a variety of useful references and tools for evaluating typical situations that have to be addressed in a performance based fire safety design are structured in this project. The chapters in this paper are arranged the same way as the situations may appear in fire scenarios. Each chapter discusses relevant issues for regulatory required sub evaluations in fire safety engineering. In this paper the sub evaluations are named; Fire spread within the origin, Barriers and fire spread beyond the origin, Fire detection and initial action, Automatic sprinkler systems, Smoke movement, control and toxicity, Structural frame, Fire brigade intervention and Life safety. The paper addresses standards and publications to evaluate fire safety in buildings. The tools and references presented are an assortment from a variety of methods and correlations that have been developed through the years in order to achieve knowledge of the dynamics of the fire and how to control its severity. The topics for the sub evaluations are codes and standards, design fire development, fire protection efficiencies in

    fires, reliability issues, building and construction characteristics, occupant characteristics, evaluation tools and evaluation software.

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