Faculty Advisor

Meacham, Brian Jay


Research was conducted to identify and compare factors which might be relevant to performance-based building and fire safety code adoption in two cities: Hong Kong and New York City. Factors include education, history, technology, social, and regulatory considerations. Using factors identified in the literature review, a first-order decision model was developed using the analytic hierarchy process (AHP) to the rank relevancy of the factors and to identify the best code option for each city. While the outcome suggests that performance based codes could be appropriate for both Hong Kong and New York City, analysis suggests that a combined performance and prescriptive code approach might be the best option. Further analysis, with broad stakeholder input, is recommended.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2013

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Fire Protection Engineering