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Structural Fire Engineering Can Improve Building Safety, Schedule

October 14, 2020

Via: ENR

Performance-based structural fire design of steel frames can eliminate fire protection on up to half of a building’s floor beams, according to a two-year study of PBSFD. Still, structural engineers leading the way toward more common use of structural fire engineering in the U.S. say there is more testing needed—especially on column-to-beam connection details—to prove all the benefits of PBSFD.

The method, which develops project-specific structural behavior, requires sophisticated modeling of a design under fire loads. PBSFD can “benefit public safety and deliver more efficient and economical buildings,” says Kevin LaMalva, principal fire consultant for Warringtonfire.

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