Performance Based Design: Is the U.S. ready?

  • Tuesday, May 18, 2021
  • 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Online Meeting


  • Student ID must be presented at door

Is the U.S. ready?

Location Details: 
Online meeting - participation details will be emailed to registrants prior to the event.

Program: In this two part program, both the legal and technical aspects of Performance Based Design will be discussed.

Part I will begin with an understanding of the place of Performance Based Design in the Legal System, given by an attorney who has studied fire safety and PBD. He will enlighten fire protection engineers, architects, and authorities having jurisdiction on the legal topics of (1) legal aspects of performance-based design, (2) negligence, and (3) professional standards of care.

Part II, given by our immediate past president of SFPE, will review the history and current state of the art in performance design in the world. Current fire protection performance is being used in unique structures in defining a corner of the industry. Stadiums, large assembly structures, indoor amusement structures, museums, and historic structures are being occupied based on performance -based design. Can all egress be done on a performance-based solution ASET vs RSET? What does a prescriptive code look like in a performance world? This presentation will discuss some areas of code compliance and performance conflicts. We will not be discussing the types of models or modeling details. We will talk about the readiness of the US design community, enforcement community and construction community to use performance -based design for fire protection and life safety issues.


Part I: Thomas R. May is an attorney with offices in Rittman, OH, who has also studied fire science, worked as a fire investigator, and taught at universities. He graduated from Cleveland State University College of Law in 2013 and from the University of Cincinnati with a B.S. in Fire and Safety Engineering Technology.

Part II: Michael Crowley, FSPE, has a B.S. in Fire Protection and Fire Safety Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology and an MBA from the Univ. of Houston. Mike is licensed in 5 states and has over 40 years of work experience. He has a lifetime membership in NFPA and is one of their presenters. He provides consulting to architects, facility managers, and building owners around the world.

GET YOUR CEUs: Only TFPA members will receive ICC Preferred Provider and TCFP CEU credits. If you're not currently a member and wish to receive CEUs, TFPA membership is only $20/year.

Cost: FREE. TFPA is committed to offering free online training to our community during the COVID crisis.

10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - Presentation Part I  

11:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. - Business Meeting 

11:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. - Presentation Part II

Monday, May 17th at 9:00 a.m.