We asked Michael Strömgren a few questions about performance-based design, prescriptive methods, and the link between the two.
Performance-based design of buildings using Fire Safety Engineering (FSE) tools had opened new possibilities for to designing large and complex buildings which could not have been designed in the same way using existing prescriptive rules. The primary aims of FSE must continue to be to prevent the loss of life. The misuse of FSE (be it deliberate or unintentional) in order to reduce costs or to change a building’s use after completion is a risk that needs to be kept in mind. The “precautionary principle” should always be abided by when it comes to fire safety measures.
Fire Safety Engineering (FSE) was discussed during the 1st Fire Information Exchange Platform meeting on October 16, 2017, and identified as one of the work streams for the platform. The purpose of this letter is to express our position on the opportunities and risks presented by FSE.
(Published by FSEU) Dubrovnik, 15-16 October 2015 – Fire safety engineers from all over the world gathered in Dubrovnik to present and discuss research results on structures in fire at the ASFE’15 International Conference.