Experience on implementing performance-based design in Hong Kong

Wan Ki Chow

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Many new buildings, particularly those with 'green' or 'sustainable' architectural features have difficulties in complying with prescriptive fire codes due to many reasons. Examples in Hong Kong include residential buildings with internal voids, glass façades with spandrel design, good thermal insulation, natural ventilation provision and many others. Consequently, performance-based design known as 'fire engineering approach' (FEA) is allowed for active systems since 1987, and then later for passive constructions since 1998. This is similar to Performance-Based Design (PBD) in other places. Over 300 FEA/PBD projects for new buildings and renovations of the existing buildings had been submitted to the local government since then. There are many problems associated with such approach. In this paper, problems on projects with fire safety provisions determined by FEA/PBD in the past two decades will be pointed out.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28-35
Number of pages8
JournalProcedia Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013
Event9th Asia-Oceania Symposium on Fire Science and Technology, AOSFST 2012 - Hefei, China
Duration: 17 Oct 201220 Oct 2012


  • Big construction projects
  • Fire research
  • Performance-based design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)


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