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Performance-Based Design

As architects push the limits of design, it is to be expected that the ever evolving building code is unable to foresee and address every possible situation. Code Red Consultants has in-depth knowledge of building codes, and the process in which they are developed, to extract the code’s intent such that the underlying objective of the code may be achieved through alternative means of compliance. Through the use of computational fluid dynamics, computer models, egress models, and finite element heat transfer models, Code Red Consultants can conduct an in-depth engineering analysis to determine if the intent of the code can be achieved by satisfying a set of engineering performance objectives established to create equivalency with prescriptive code requirements. When applied appropriately, performance-based design solutions can be used to extend travel distances, reduce structural fire proofing, and even optimize fire protection system designs. Performance-based code approaches provide our clients with additional design flexibility and/or reduce construction costs significantly when compared to strict adherence with prescriptive code requirements.