SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1999

The ICC Performance Code Effort and Its Relationship to ASTM


The International Code Council is working to develop a performance-based code system that will start with a clear definition of the intent of the code, followed by approved methodologies that allow the use of prescriptive codes and performance-based design. Standardized approaches to performance-based designs are lacking and many code officials are reluctant to allow the use of such a design; e.g. a design using a computer fire model for analysis. Groups like ASTM can play a vital role in formalizing the performance-based design process as it relates to fire. ASTM 1591, Guide for Data for Fire Models, provides a standardized methodology to evaluate data appropriateness for use in modeling. In the future, ASTM 1546, Guide for Development of Fire-Hazard Assessment Standards, may provide a similar sense of security regarding fire-hazardassessment methodologies.

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Tubbs, BA
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Developed by Committee: E05
Pages: 115–122
DOI: 10.1520/STP13368S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5412-4
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-2620-6