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Building and fire codes require construction and fire safety features based on a one-size-fits-all approach. While traditional code compliance may be acceptable for many buildings, for unique, complex and state-of-the-art projects the codes often limit design flexibility and can hinder the architectural design intent. Likewise, full compliance with the codes is not always practical, or appropriate, for renovation and reuse of existing buildings, historic structures, or buildings where property protection is critical such as museums, libraries, and data centers. For these applications performance-based designs, it is often required to demonstrate compliance with the intent of the codes.
Performance-based design is used in situations where prescriptive codes do not adequately address or meet the design needs of the facility. Performance-based design differs from prescriptive design in that designers can use alternative solutions as long as they meet the stated goal of the performance-based code. Fire is an unpredictable phenomenon, using our real-world experience in fire modelling and other analytical tools; XELUXE can provide solutions and enhancements to prescriptive-based codes for most buildings or facilities.
Buildings must be designed to allow people to move freely under normal conditions and evacuate rapidly in an emergency condition. Utilizing simulation to optimize people flow can result in an enhanced environment and more effective fire safety strategy in busy and large spaces
The tragic events of 11th September 2001 showed that a structural collapse might be caused by a combination of an initial impact followed by a severe fire. However, a detailed investigation of the structural behaviour of high-rise buildings subject to such events has facilitated a better understanding of the principal cause of the ultimate structural collapse and the most effective forms of mitigation. Prediction of structural response to a combined action of both severe fire and local failure as a result of an extreme event.
Why we do?
Smoke modelling is conducted through the use of mathematical modelling software that has the capability to simulate and measure the growth of smoke hazards and suppressions. XELUXE gains valuable information by utilizing this technology to analyze smoke development and movement. Our team uses these findings to develop appropriate methods to minimize fire and life safety risks.