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Performance-based codes and standards are a growing reality around the world. With state-of-the-art guides for fire modeling and guides to the writing of fire hazard assessment standards and fire risk assessment standards, ASTM E-5 has played an essential role and has been one of the earliest major players in this activity. But now the landscape has changed. Groups from SFPE to NFPA to ICC, from ISO to IEC to CIB, and others are all active, and each brings a special focus and a special skill to the activity. ASTM E-5 needs to decide what its special role can and should be. This paper will discuss some of the options, based on the traditional scope and areas of traditional strength and emphasis for ASTM.
fire risk, fire hazard, fire performance, fire test method, performance-based fire standard, fire scenario, index
Assistant Vice President, National Fire Protection Association, Quincy, MA