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Smoke Control in High-Rise Buildings: Part 2

As mentioned in the first part of this series, high-rise buildings provide a variety of complications when it comes to controlling smoke and fire in the event of an emergency. Due to large square footage a combination of systems are often used to create an effective form of smoke control and management. Most building codes

Smoke Control in High-Rise Buildings: Part 1

Very tall buildings have several unique characteristics that increase the severity of potential fire events including higher occupancy, longer evacuation times, access issues for responders and potential water pressure/availability issues. Because of these potential obstacles, integrating adequate smoke control systems during the design process is essential. “Smoke Control” refers to limiting the movement of smoke

Alternatives to Enclosed Elevator Lobbies

In multi-story buildings, elevator shafts can act like chimneys as they enable large amounts of air to move from floor to floor. Just as they enable the movement of air, elevator shafts can also transport smoke throughout a building in the case of a fire. As smoke rises upwards, it easily seeps through elevator doors

The Advantages of Deployable Curtain Systems

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

Active Vs. Passive Smoke Management

Smoke management systems are referred to as either passive or active. Active smoke management systems typically utilize smoke exhaust or evacuation systems. These systems utilize mechanical equipment to control the spread of smoke. Exhaust inlets located near or in the ceilings remove smoke from the building to allow people to evacuate. Designing an active smoke

Atrium Solutions – What Are Your Options?

As far as modern design goes, expanding the amount of natural light in a building by opening up an atrium continues to be very popular. Not only can an atrium reduce operating costs by taking advantage of natural light and delivering energy savings, an open atrium can revitalize interior space and increase user satisfaction. Unfortunately,

Fire & Smoke Rated Curtain System Applications: Historic Buildings

Historic Buildings are usually grandfathered in when it comes to building codes. Therefore, fire and smoke protection is usually lacking greatly. That being said, if major renovations are planned there will be the expectation to meet current building codes. When trying to increase the safety of historical buildings there are usually restrictive limits on architectural

Fire & Smoke Rated Curtain System Applications: Metro Stations & Subways

Mass transportation is undergoing large surges in growth in large metropolitan areas as the need to connect urban areas with surrounding transit points increases. Metro stations are usually incredibly crowded with people so efficient smoke & fire protection is crucial. One of the largest obstacles with protecting a metro station is the fact that they

Fire & Smoke Rated Curtain System Applications: Museums

Similar to atriums, museum typically consist of large, open spaces. Plus, with museums, design aesthetics are incredibly important. Besides the architectural facets of a museum, it is also important to take into consideration the fact that it will hold large groups of people and there will be countless valuables to protect from smoke and fire

Fire & Smoke Rated Curtain System Applications: Atriums

Building atriums create a unique obstacle when it comes to fire safety. They are very aesthetically pleasing, but large open spaces require extra attention to fulfill all fire safety building codes. However, through the implementation of a fire & smoke rated curtain system, you can easily create an effective fire safety system without compromising on

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