Fire Engineering Design:
new and complex methods of building construction have made it
impractical to yield fire-safe buildings under the old
prescriptive rules, because these were too generically defined and
do not cater for the many innovative architectural design
scenarios found in modern building complexes of today.
contrast, performance-based (or rational design) codes describe
requirements for fire safety through a set of flexibly defined
performance objectives and functional requirements, for which
compliance is determined by employing engineering standards,
practices, tools and methodologies, thereby providing a flexible
and technically non-prescriptive framework for building design and
construction – thus enhancing the scope for innovation.
The fire engineering approach takes into account the full
integration of all building services and designs and will provide
a more innovative and economical solution for the specific
development than more prescriptive approaches to fire safety.