Performance-Based Fire Protection of Historical Structures
Richard W. Bukowski, V Nuzzolese, M Bindo
Performance-based fire protection design methods are particularly appropriate for renovation of historical and culturally significant buildings. This is because they allow the freedom to upgrade fire safety while maintaining sensitivity to the significant historical or cultural features of the building. New Codes have been introduced in the U.S. that provide guidance in this area NFPA 914 and NFPA 909. The paper discusses the process and key considerations in fire protection design and operation of a historical structure. Then an example of a recently completed renovation of a 19th century Theater in Bari, Italy, is presented.
building codes, fire hazard analysis, fire models, fire resistance, historical preservation, performance codes, truss