Alternative fire protection solutions that meet the intent of prescriptive code
In general, prescriptive fire and building codes adopted by states and municipalities represent a minimum standard of life safety requirements. Alternative means and methods allow engineers, architects and builders to propose solutions that meet or exceed performance requirements, but do not strictly adhere to the letter of the code.
Alternative means and method requests (AMMRs) allow us to deliver on our clients' vision without compromising life safety. Working within the dictates of IBC Section 104.11, our team delivers fire protection solutions that meet the intent of prescriptive code, allowing for innovation, new design concepts, resolution of land use issues, architectural aesthetics and more.
Requesting alternate means is one thing. Getting a proposal approved by the AHJ is quite another. That's where the Performance Based team comes in. We specialize in providing highly detailed, defensible documentation and working closely with authorities to build rapport and mutual understanding. In addition, David Stacy, P.E., our founder, is an active firefighter – helping us understand the real-world implications of design and fire protection designs.