Telgian Engineering & Consulting’s Regional Practice Leader April Musser recently shared her knowledge and offered crucial insight into Performance Based Egress and Evacuation in facility design in Gulf Fire magazine.
“A performance-based approach in facility design is where the required level of protection is achieved through some means other than the means prescribed by the code,” explains Musser. “While the idea of applying a performance-based protection option is not a new concept and the approach has been widely embraced by jurisdictions and building authorities across the world, applying performance-based options to egress and evacuation requirements is often overlooked.”
A well-recognized industry expert, Musser has more than 15 years of experience in fire protection engineering and consulting, including code consulting and design. She has designed fire and life safety systems for large commercial and industrial facilities and has managed projects across a wide range of market segments, not only throughout the nation, but internationally, as well.
According to Musser, there are many reasons why compliance with the prescriptive egress and evacuation requirements may be undesirable. Her article delves into model building and fire codes, the performance based egress approach, and quantifying egress and evacuation performance. In addition, she provides essential real world applications.
To read Performance Based Design for Egress and Evacuation in its entirety, please visit Gulf Fire magazine.
About Telgian Engineering & Consulting
Telgian Engineering & Consulting (TEC) is a full-service global engineering and risk mitigation consultancy specializing in complex, multi-discipline public and private sector projects. The company provides professional services related to the protection of people, property, information, and organizational mission against preventable losses including: strategic / enterprise risk management, fire protection engineering, environmental health and safety, emergency management, operations continuity consulting, and construction administration services.
TEC professionals are dedicated to delivering value through effective protection solutions that meet today’s risk challenges. In addition to a uniquely global perspective, TEC also provides in-depth knowledge of local, state, and federal compliance matters.
Since 1985, TEC has worked hand-in-hand with clients such as architects, engineers, owners, developers, risk and facility management firms, construction teams and government agencies serving industry sectors that include: government, commercial, education, healthcare, hospitality, industrial, and transportation throughout the US and abroad.
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