The concept of designing buildings to resist loads is fundamental to the design and regulatory process. Fire has traditionally been addressed differently because fires are difficult to describe in the same way as other building loads. This paper proposes a way of adjusting generic design fires to the specifics of a building to result in a design load that is consistent with other design loads and to which safety factors can be applied. This capability is especially useful in addressing risk management and performance-based regulatory systems.
building codes, fire codes, performance codes, performance regulations