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Performance-Based Design and the Codes

December 6, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Date: Thursday, December 6, 2018
Where: Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.
330 Pfingsten Road, Northbrook, IL 60062 United States
CEUs: Earn up to CEUs .7 | PDHs 7
Minimum:10 – *if we do not meet the minimum the seminar will be cancelled


This one-day seminar will provide an overview of The SFPE Engineering Guide to Performance-Based Fire Protection. This process identifies methods of a) defining a project scope, b) developing goals, objectives and performance criteria, c) selecting design fire scenarios and design fires, d) developing and evaluating trial designs, and e) preparing design documentation.

The course will also discuss emerging issues related Performance-Based Design (PBD) that include:

  • Incorporating Risk Informed Methods in PBD
  • Selecting an Appropriate Fire Model for a Given Application
  • Estimating Required Safe Egress Time (RSET)
  • PBD in Tall Buildings
  • PBD in Long Tunnels
  • PBD in Structural Fire Engineering
  • Conducting a Peer Review for a PBD
  • Performance-Based ITM for Fire Protection Systems

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion the participant should understand

  • Define the process outlined in the SFPE Engineering Guide to Performance-Based Fire Protection
  • Formulate fire safety goals & objectives for a given 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
  • Prerequisite





    This seminar is intended for engineers who are interesting in applying the concepts of performance-based design (PBD) and enforcement officials who review PBD or engineered alternatives to prescriptive codes.

    Course Assessment

    Participants will take a written exam upon completion of the course. The exam will focus on the understanding of the concepts rather than specific calculations. Candidates will need to pass with a minimum score of 70%.CEUs .7 | PDHs 7 will be offered. Upon completion of a post-test attendees will be awarded a certificate of attendance.

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December 6, 2018
8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates
330 Pfingsten Rd
Northbrook, IL 60062 United States
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