The Harrington Group

I have learned the value of having a Fire Protection Consultant on board from the first day for our Design-Build projects. Because of your excellent service, you can be assured we will recommend the Owners of our future projects that your company be employed to provide design documents as well as consultant services on-going throughout the project duration. Thank you for your excellent service. — Donald A. Bailey, Metric Constructors

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.