Astm's Role in Performance-Based Fire Codes and Standards by John Raymond Hall

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The published test data is limited and, therefore, new data has to be obtained by conducting fire tests or existing data has to be correlated to meet the design fire scenario. The application of fire test data is presented in examples of recent building design projects, including a convention center, a Buddhist temple, a warehouse, and a concert hall. , 16975 E. , 16975 E. org 48 ASTM'S ROLE IN FIRE CODES AND STANDARDS Design Requirements The Uniform Building Code (UBC) requires the design of a smoke control system for covered mall buildings, atria, and high-rise buildings.

In fact, many fire safety requirements result from problems with earlier habits. Some large historical fires are examples of the problems resulting from the movement of large numbers of people to cities: the Great Fire of London, UK (in 1666), that of Chicago, IL (in 1871), and that of San Francisco, CA (in 1906), destroyed large parts of great cities where wood construction was prevalent, and societal fire protection was nonexistent. By the time of the Chicago fire, insurance companies were starting to see the potential for minimizing huge losses by prevention measures.

The work of this committee shall be coordinated with other ASTM committees and other organizations having mutual interests. Goals for ASTM E-5 (Approved in 1998) 1. 2. 3. Maintain and update existing fire standards, with emphasis on those most widely used. A significant number of the fire test standards issued by ASTM E-5 are widely used, for example as requirements in building codes, regulations or specifications. It is the foremost responsibility of the committee to ensure that these standards are adequately maintained, and periodically updated, so that the newest available technology is used, while ensuring quality, minimizing misuse and maximizing user-friendliness for those organizations employing them.

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