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Office Building Fire Research Program: An Engineering Based Approach to Fire Safety Design



Daniel M. Madrzykowski


The U.S. General Services Administration has sponsored the Building and Fire Research Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology to develop and support their Engineering Fire Hazard Assessment System. The GSA Engineering Fire Hazard Assessment System is a method for addressing fire safety issues based on performance instead of prescription. To enable this system, GSA found it needed additional data, algorithms, verification and guidelines for their engineers. The Office Building Fire Research Program was developed to respond to those needs by quantifying the impact of large fires on buildings and their occupants,investigating the use of current technology/resources for mitigating hazards, and developing new techniques and information as required for implementing an engineering based fire safety system. This paper provides an overview of the components and the results of the Office Building Fire Research Program to date.
Proceedings Title
Fire and Materials '98 International Conference
Conference Dates
February 23-24, 1998
Conference Location
San Antonio, TX


office buildings, fire research, fire safety, fire hazards assessment, algorithms, occupants


Madrzykowski, D. (1998), Office Building Fire Research Program: An Engineering Based Approach to Fire Safety Design, Fire and Materials '98 International Conference, San Antonio, TX, [online], (Accessed June 14, 2024)


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Created February 23, 1998, Updated February 19, 2017