The Harrington Group

Your staff is well versed in the latest design codes and familiar with the leading edge technologies that are appropriate for our client’s facilities. Their knowledge in the field of Fire Protection is seemingly unsurpassed…I can state without hesitation that your firm has always responded to my needs in a timely and appropriate manner. — Robert A. Bass, P.E., Hartrampf

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.