Duluth, GA (PRWEB) March 14, 2013
Jeff Harrington, CEO of Atlanta-based fire protection engineering firm, Harrington Group, Inc., has recently been invited by the Fire Protection Research Foundation (FPRF) to serve on the Technical Panel for their new project Fire Hazards of Exterior Wall Assemblies Containing Combustible Components. The Technical Panel is comprised of technical experts within the field. The role of the Panel is to advise on the overall work plan, recommend contractor selection, review periodic reports of progress and research results, and review the final project report.
The FRFP has launched this project because there are many combustible materials used in commercial wall assemblies that have been designed to improve energy performance, reduce water and air infiltration, and allow for design flexibility. The combustibility of wall assembly components directly impacts the fire hazard. Because there have been several documented fires involving wall assemblies, the FRFP is seeking to gain a better understanding of the scenarios that lead to these incidents. They also plan to develop the technical basis for fire mitigation strategies.
Mr. Harrington is the President and Founder of Harrington Group, Inc., and has been working in the fire protection engineering industry since 1977. He is a frequent author and lecturer on an array of fire protection engineering topics and is a nationally recognized expert, having received numerous awards for his contributions to the fire protection engineering industry. He serves as the Chairman of the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) Technical Committee on Gaseous Fire Extinguishing Systems, which is responsible for three separate NFPA standards: NFPA 12, Carbon Dioxide Extinguishing Systems; NFPA 12A, Halon 1301 Fire Extinguishing Systems, and NFPA 2001, Clean Agent Fire Extinguishing Systems. He is also a leader in the activities of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), both locally and internationally.