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Fire: Prescriptive and Performance Based Design

  • Joshua ReichertEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69891-5_51-3


Best practices in the field of fire engineering are procedures that are accepted or prescribed as being correct or most effective.

Strategies for fire engineering is a plan of action designed to achieve an overall aim, usually life safety and property conservation.


When architects and engineers collaborate on a new building, extension to an existing building, or renovation to a new building, fire and life safety is always a consideration. A specialty in the fire community that exists to assist with that is fire protection engineers. Fire protection engineering is a professional licensure governed by the state in which the person would like to be licensed in. To become a licensed professional engineer (PE), a person would need to complete a 4-year degree in engineering from an accredited engineering program, pass the Fundamental of Engineering (FE) exam, complete a state-determined number of years working under a licensed PE, and then pass the Principles and...


Fire protection tactics Fire protection schemes 
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Further Reading

  1. Society of Fire Protection Engineers. (2007). SFPE engineering guide to performance-based fire protection. National Fire Protection Association, Quincy, MA.Google Scholar
  2. Hurley, M., & Rosenbaum, E. (2015). Performance-based fire safety design. Boca Raton: CRC Press.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Society of Fire Protection Engineers. (2015). SFPE handbook of fire protection engineering. New York: Springer.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Fire Protection and Paramedicine SciencesEastern Kentucky UniversityRichmondUSA