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ING3043 Performance Based Fire Safety Design

Course description for academic year 2020/2021

Contents and structure

Introduction to fire safety engineering using a performance based design approach verifying compliance with the functional requirements relating to safety in case of fire given by Technical Regulation to the Planning and Building Act. The course focuses on fire safety strategy, fire risk analysis and the use of fire safety engineering principles, calculations and/or appropriate software modelling tools to verify compliance with the national regulations for fire safety design in buildings. Students will be setting and assessing fire safety objectives, understanding acceptance criteria, engineering and computer simulation calculations, evaluation time, egress models, evacuation analysis, fire scenario analysis etc.

Learning Outcome


The student

  • Has broad knowledge of key issues, theories, processes, tools and methods in the field of fire safety engineering.
  • Is able to update her/his knowledge in the field.
  • Is able to document fire safety according to the performance based requirements given in Technical Regulations to the Planning and Building Act.
  • Is able to perform fire safety design using a performance based design approach.
  • Has knowledge of current legislation and the application for this discipline
  • Is able to document fire safety for existing buildings.
  • Has knowledge of research and development in the field.



The student

  • Is able to apply technical knowledge and relevant research and development of practical and theoretical problems and can make reasoned choices.
  • Is able to locate, assess and refer to information and technical material and present it in a way that highlights a problem.
  • Is able to identify, plan and implement projects and tasks.

-General qualification:

The student:

  • Communicates his/her knowledge in writing and orally to various audiences.
  • Is able to highlight the effect and consequences of various solutions in fire safety engineering.
  • Is able to reflect on their professional practice, in teams and multidisciplinary teams.
  • Is able to contribute to discussions within their own area and share their knowledge and experience with others.

Entry requirements


Recommended previous knowledge


Teaching methods

Lectures, exercises, project work.

Compulsory learning activities


One mandatory assignment based on an optional topic from the course. The work can be done in groups or individually.



The entire portfolio is graded with one grade A - E/ passed; F / failed.

Examination support material

The portfolio includes a written test. Only aid at the test is simple calculator, allowed calculator is Casio fx-82 (all varieties: ES, ES Plus, EX, Solar etc.).

More about examination support material

Course reductions

  • INGB-068 - Brannteknisk prosjektering - Reduction: 10 studypoints
  • INGB079 - Brannteknisk prosjektering - Reduction: 10 studypoints
  • ING3013 - Brannteknisk prosjektering - funksjonsbaserte løsninger - Reduction: 10 studypoints
  • ING3020 - Brannteknisk prosjektering - funksjonsbaserte løysningar - Reduction: 10 studypoints