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About this appendix: When the design analysis and methodology are not based on authoritative documents or design guides, the method of validation in Appendix C may be used in lieu of code provisions. This code requires a peer review in Section 103.3.4 for any methods falling into this category.
This appendix is intended to assist in the application of Section 103 where a particular method is not considered a design guide or authoritative document as defined in Chapter 2.
Individually substantiated design methods shall comply with one or more of the following:
  1. A process to evaluate design options against the performance objectives and functional statements shall be provided.
  2. A comparison, signed and sealed by the registered design professional in responsible charge, between the prescriptive requirements and this design method shall be provided.
  3. Peer review shall be provided.
  4. Reports prepared by the evaluation services shall be documented.
  5. This method shall not negatively impact the remainder of the building that complies with the prescriptive codes.
  6. The data substantiating the building performance as a whole shall accompany the design solution.
  7. This method shall address the actual use of the building, including but not limited to the number of people, fuel load, awareness and mobility of the people.
  8. The methodology for validation of this method for the project shall be acceptable to the registered design professional in responsible charge and the code official.
  9. This method shall be substantiated by a system-based approach using not less than two acceptable scenarios to demonstrate compliance with design objectives and code provisions.