Duluth, GA – May 14, 2008. Harrington Group, Inc. is pleased to announce they have become an American Institute of Architects (AIA) Continuing Education Registered Provider. Harrington Group will be providing continuing education programs to architectural firms regarding fire protection engineering issues. These programs will help to provide licensed architects with learning hours of continuing education that can be applied towards maintaining their licensure. Harrington Group’s first registered program is titled “Fire Engineered Performance-Based Design Solutions” and focuses on how fire protection engineers and performance-based design solutions can help architects to add value throughout each stage of the design process. The program provides an overview of fire protection engineering, the role of fire protection engineers, and the benefits and drawbacks of using performance-based design solutions.

Harrington Group’s clients include various architectural firms, who are in need of fire protection engineering consulting services for their design projects. The firm decided to become a continuing education provider in order to help build stronger relationships with architects and to provide them with experience-based education programs covering the challenges of delivering cost-effective and functional fire and life safety solutions in a variety of building occupancy categories. According to Jeff L. Harrington, President & Founder of Harrington Group, Inc., “Architects routinely make critically important design decisions involving building fire and life safety. Often, these decisions impact many other building design elements and always have an impact on code compliance. We intend to offer architects an opportunity to become more knowledgeable about fire and life safety design and code compliance strategies. This will enable them to achieve code compliance or equivalency cost-effectively and obtain permits and certificates of occupancy on time.”

The AIA is a professional membership association for the architectural industry. Established in 1857, the association strives to serve as the voice of the profession and a resource for its members. For more information on the AIA, please visit: www.aia.org.

By Jeff Harrington, CEO and Founder of Harrington Group, Inc.

Harrington Group, Inc. is a Fire Protection Engineering consulting firm based in Atlanta, GA, with an additional office in Charlotte, NC (d/b/a Harrington Group, Inc. in the State of North Carolina). The firm is dedicated to providing its clients with creative solutions, while optimizing the relationship between cost and benefits. Established in 1986, the firm has grown to become one of the most experienced and respected practices headquartered in the southeast.