Concepts For Performance-Based Timber Building

Greg C Foliente PhD, Robert H. Leicester PhD Lam Pham PhD CSIRO Building, Construction and Engineering, Melbourne, Australia

A conceptual framework for building codes and standards, using performance based criteria, is presented. It is proposed that there be three levels of building control. These comprise the specification of building objectives, design for in-service performance and the evaluation of characteristic values. At each level the target performance is defined in quantitative probabilistic terms. Also at each level there are four methods for achieving the required performance; these are through deemed-to-comply specifications, computation, testing and combined computation and testing; the last three methods are referred to as performance-based methods.
Issue 4 Vol 8.

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