Since the first conference on performance-based codes and fire safety design methods was held in 1996, many countries have developed, or are in the process of developing, performance-based codes and design methods. However, use of these approaches has generally been limited to high-end projects, and the percentage of projects where performance-based design is used varies among countries.
This conference presented the state-of-the-art in performance-based code approaches and engineering design methods. Papers were presented on newly emerging technologies, as well as perspectives on approaches that have worked well and approaches that have not worked as well as originally desired. The conference was held in New Zealand, which was one of the first countries to adopt a purely performance-based building code.
Over the last twelve years, this conference has earned a reputation among the fire protection engineering community as the preeminent event for information on the leading-edge technology in the areas of performance-based codes and engineering design methods. (Hardbound, 395 pp., 2008)