Validation of Methodologies to Determine Fire Load

Fire Protection Research Foundation report: "Validation of Methodologies to Determine Fire Load for Use in Structural Fire Protection" (PDF)
Author: Ehab Zalok, Ph.D., P.Eng., Carleton University
Date of issue: May 2011


The uncertainty of fire loads as input data for calculating structural fire performance is a critical concern in the field of structural fire protection. Accurate values are needed for this input criteria to better predict the performance of structures in fire. NFPA 557 is a newly proposed draft standard to provide methods and values for use in the determination of design basis fire loads. The objective of this research project was to validate the fire load survey methodology proposed in the NFPA 557 draft standard and to develop guidance on means to calibrate the results of fire load data surveys developed using various other methodologies.