PBFE is an innovative building-code-approved method that combines fire science with structural engineering to increase safety, while reducing costs and supporting architectural goals.
Our engineers focus on a structure’s unique characteristics to craft resilient, rational and cost-effective designs for new buildings. PBFE also benefits renovations, forensic and property loss investigations, multihazard risk assessments and selective bridge retrofits.
PBFE uses our knowledge of the actual ﬁre demand to which a structure may be exposed to analyze the performance of the overall system and individual elements, instead of simply prescribing an amount of protective material for all members. This holistic analytical approach allows the architectural and engineering team to tailor the design of specific areas and structural members to the actual level of ﬁre protection needed. This process can also identify critical areas of the structure that could be overlooked by prescriptive methods.
PBFE strongly supports architectural design goals by reducing or eliminating the unsightly applied protective coatings or coverings, providing opportunities for exposing and expressing structure. In addition to expanding architectural freedom, reducing coatings or coverings can also have a signiﬁcant improvement to construction cost and schedule.
We recently acquired MMI Engineering, which offers a related service: Fire Engineering.
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