The purpose of this course is to familiarize the engineer with the performance-based design process. Performance-based design is the process or methodology used by design professionals to create buildings that protect functionality and the continued availability of services. Building performance is an indicator of how well a structure supports the defined needs of its users. Although this material is written for schools, it is applicable to all buildings.
In this course, the student will review Chapter 2 from “Design Guide for Improving School Safety in Earthquakes, Floods, and High Winds”, FEMA P-424 / December 2010.
The student must take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of ten (10) questions at the end of the course to obtain 1 PDH credit.
Specific Knowledge or Skill Obtained
This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:
- Prescriptive vs. Performance-based Design
- The Performance-based Design Process
- Acceptable Risk and Performance Levels
- Considerations for Achieving Continuous Operation Performance Level
- Performance-based Flood Design, High-Wind Design and Seismic Design
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