Case study: the use of FiRECAM to identify cost-effective fire safety design options for a large 40-storey office building

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ConferencePacific Rim Conference and 2nd International Conference on Performance Based Codes and Fire Safety Design Methods: 07 May 1998, Maui, Hawaii
Pages441452; # of pages: 12
AbstractThe computer fire risk-cost assessment model that is being developed at the National Research Council of Canada, FiRECAM<TM>, was used to identify cost-effective fire safety design options for a 40-storey office building specified by the conference organizers. FiRECAM<TM> (Fire Risk Evaluation and Cost Assessment Model) is a computer model that evaluates both the expected risk to life to the occupants and the fire costs in a building. In this paper, a brief description of the conceptual design of the 40-storey office building is first given. The requirements of the National Building Code of Canada relevant to this building are then described. Five design options, including the code-compliant design and 4 alternative designs, are proposed and described. A brief description of FiRECAM<TM> is given and the results of its application to the five design options are then discussed. Two of the alternative design options are found to be cost-effective. These options provide the same or better level of safety as intended by the code-compliant design and also provide cost benefits to the owner.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number42040
NPARC number20331382
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