Performance Based Building Regulations

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The Performance Concept is Simple The notion of performance is used everywhere and applies to everything!! Car buffs, computer nerds, sports fans, consumer advocates, people or groups doing benchmarking, bosses, Human Resources (HR) specialists, business analysts, they are all defining and comparing aspects of required “target” performance and real performance delivered. After many discussions since the start of the PeBBu project in 2001, the consensus within PeBBu is that the simplest, most useful, and clearest definition is contained in CIB Report #64: “The Performance approach is [..] the practice of thinking and working in terms of ends rather than means.” (Gibson 1982, p4) [emphasis added] “It is concerned with what a building or a building product is required to do, and not with prescribing how it is to be constructed.” (Gibson 1982, p4) [emphasis added] The second sentence quoted above provides the focus of the Performance based approach to the building and construction industry sector. Gibson explains further that: “In some parts of the building materials industry, performance specifications are known as ‘end result’ specifications, while prescriptive specifications are known as ‘recipe’ specifications.” (Gibson 1982).So, the essence of how PBB differs from traditional practice is that it does not prescribe how to get things done. In a Performance based approach, all decisions, choices, and tradeoffs start with the required performance-in-use rather than prescribed solutions for how to respond to the stated needs. The supplier responds with an offering that includes the estimated performance of that offering. How that performance is established, verified and validated, is one of the areas that needs much further research...

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  • code enforcement
  • construction regulation
  • performance based building

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