The Harrington Group

We rely heavily on the expertise of Harrington Group and have also felt very comfortable in recommending your company to our tenants for their fire protection needs. It has always been comforting to us to know that when we ask the difficult questions, that the answers are correct and in full agreement with all of the latest applicable codes. Job well done! — Bruce Ensworth, The Opus Group

Performance-Based Design

Performance-based design is a recent evolutionary step in the process of designing fire safety solutions. In essence, it is a logical design process resulting in a fire safety solution that achieves a specified performance. Sometimes the prescriptive solutions presented in various codes and standards are too expensive or inflexible. Often the solutions do not fit a particular situation very well. In such cases, performance-based design offers a wider variety of possible solutions and enables optimization of a solution for cost and function.

Today, performance-based design has entered into mainstream use. The Life Safety Code now incorporates a performance-based design option as an alternative to its prescriptive requirements. The International Code Council has published the International Performance Code, a performance-based building code. This has since been legally adopted by the city of Decatur, Alabama – the first jurisdiction in the United States to do so.

If you would like more information, or believe your firm could benefit from Harrington Group’s expertise, we invite you to
contact us. Our engineers are trained to listen to your needs and concerns, and help you move forward to find
the Best Total Solution.