The performance-based design process:
One whose safety solutions are designed to achieve a specified goal for a specified use or application. This process allows performance-based documents to be implemented and insures that their goals are met. The following describes a performance-based design procedure:
NFPA´s performance-based primers (available below) were developed by the NFPA Performance-Based Support Team (PB Support Team). The team functions under the auspices of the NFPA Standards Council, and reports directly to the Council on an on-going basis. The PB Support Team was created in 1995 to assist NFPA Technical Committees with the transition to performance-based documents. The following set of five primers discuss: Goals, Objectives and Criteria; Characteristics and Assumptions; Fire Scenarios; Verification Methods; and Reliability. The Performance-Based Codes and Standards Preparation Primer discusses these and other topics that may be useful for Technical Committees members who are considering developing performance-based provisions for their document. The PB C&S Preparation Primer also provides an overview of the performance-based approach.
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