Deployable smoke and fire containment curtains have been used for quite some time to effectively protect elevators. However, their integration into atrium design is relatively new. Flexible fire and smoke curtains provide many advantages over a stand-alone smoke exhaust system.
Compared with a complex smoke exhaust system, passive smoke curtains are a simpler system and therefore less expensive to certify, commission, and maintain.
Fire-rated smoke curtains compartmentalize fire and smoke before they can spread to larger areas of a building. They are lightweight and do not usually require structural reinforcement for installation. Most importantly to designers and architects, space-saving curtain containment assemblies are invisible when not in use.
As a passive smoke management system, fire curtains use less energy than a smoke exhaust system. Curtains can be used to subdivide space served by a mechanical smoke exhaust system. Through a properly designed smoke control system, smoke curtains can work in conjunction with other life safety elements of the building.
There are many advantages to a deployable smoke curtain system. For more information on how they can be applied to your building, whether a new construction or renovation. Smoke Guard California offers a variety of finishes, dimensions and assemblies. Contact us today for more information.