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ASCE/SEI 7 Appendix E Proposal: Performance-Based Design Procedures for Fire Effects on Structures



Therese P. McAllister, Kevin La Malva, Maria Garlock


The ASCE/SEI Technical Committee on Fire Protection was formed in 2012 to support professional structural engineers conducting performance-based design of structural systems for fire effects with guidance documents. The Committee saw a need for an ASCE/SEI 7 Appendix on structural fire effects, and the authors led the development of a performance-based design method for design professionals and authorities having jurisdiction to support alternative approaches to prescriptive standard fire-based methods. The use of performance-based design procedures for fire effects on structures is permitted by the alternative materials, design, and methods of construction provision in the building codes. The proposed Appendix fills a long-standing need within the industry to foster improved design and approval procedures for structural performance in fire conditions. The Appendix addresses fire, thermal, and structural topics that the structural engineer may need to understand or perform during a performance-based design, including general requirements, performance objectives, thermal analysis of fire effects, and structural analysis of fire effects.
Proceedings Title
Proceedings of the 2015 Structures Congress
Conference Dates
April 23-25, 2015
Conference Location
Portland, OR
Conference Title
2015 Structures Congress


McAllister, T. , La, K. and Garlock, M. (2015), ASCE/SEI 7 Appendix E Proposal: Performance-Based Design Procedures for Fire Effects on Structures, Proceedings of the 2015 Structures Congress, Portland, OR (Accessed June 14, 2024)


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Created April 22, 2015, Updated February 19, 2017