The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 61 (1983) > Issues > Issue 1 > A Basis for the Design of Fire Protection of Building Structures
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A Basis for the Design of Fire Protection of Building Structures

The present system for grading the fire resistance of structural elements gives little scope for engineering design, and the current regulatory requirements give only a broad indication of the fire safety objectives. Methods of quantifying fire exposure and structural behaviour in building fires for design purposes are reviewed, and it is suggested they could form part of a new approach to designing structural safety. Such an approach would be more selective and would take into account the beneficial effects of fire safety measures which are increasingly required for life safety. It is necessary for public authorities to identify clearly the fire safety objectives of the regulations, while structural engineer should propose a formulation of performance requirements which would give design methods compatible with structural Codes and would help to facilitate cost-effective design. Margaret Law