Performance Based Design

Performance-Based Design

Customized Fire Safety Design Solutions for Complex or Unique Buildings and Structures

In cutting-edge facilities, not all designs can meet the prescriptive code requirements. In those instances, performance-based design (PBD) methods can be utilized to demonstrate an equivalent level of safety to the prescriptive provisions.

PBD is a methodology used by TERPconsulting’s fire protection professionals to develop customized fire safety solutions for complex or unique buildings and structures that range from historic structures to high-rise towers. Instead of relying on prescriptive codes and standards, TERPconsulting considers a building’s specific characteristics, occupant behavior, and fire risk to develop a tailored approach to fire protection. The goal is to optimize the balance between life safety, property protection, and business continuity.

PBD is a multidisciplinary approach that requires collaboration among fire protection engineers, architects, building owners, and other stakeholders. The process typically involves four stages: defining the fire safety objectives, conducting a fire risk assessment, developing a fire protection strategy, and verifying the performance of the design through testing or analysis. By focusing on performance rather than prescriptive codes and standards, PBD provides a more holistic and effective approach to fire protection engineering, enhancing fire safety while minimizing disruption to the building’s function and aesthetics.