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Performance Based Design

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Course description

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In Performance Based Design, you'll learn ...

  • Why simply designing to the building codes often results in unsatisfactory building performance following natural disasters
  • Why prescriptive design practices have been prevalent in the past and why some building owners are switching to the performance-based design process
  • How to establish acceptable risk and appropriate performance levels under the performance-based design process
  • The performance levels and objectives for critical facilities exposed to flood, high wind and seismic hazards


Credit: 1 PDH

Length: 15 pages

The model building codes define the minimum design requirements to ensure the safety of occupants during specific design events. Recent natural disasters have prompted recognition that significant damage can occur even when buildings are compliant with the building code.

Many critical facilities, such as schools that are used as community shelters, remain closed and uninhabitable after natural disasters, even if damage is relatively minor. Such buildings are not performing well, since they are unable to provide continued and uninterrupted functionality to users. Building performance is an indicator of how well a structure supports the defined needs of its users.

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.

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Certificate of Completion

You will be able to immediately print a certificate of completion after passing a multiple-choice quiz consisting of 10 questions. PDH credits are not awarded until the course is completed and quiz is passed.

Training content

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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