However, selection and installation of mechanical smoke shaft systems are well within the realm of competence of most mechanical or electrical contractors. We explore the steps that should be taken for successful selection in apartment buildings.
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‘Smoke shaft’ is the common term for ventilation systems in the lobbies of tall buildings, used to maintain tenable conditions in the common escape routes in the event of a fire in the building.
They are essentially a simple ventilation system designed to extract any smoke leaking into a common lobby to protect the escape stairs. Typically, a vertical builder’s work duct rising through the building would be used to extract smoke from the lobbies. Each lobby would have a damper connected to the builder’s work duct.
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As with all mechanical and electrical services within buildings, a smoke control system is only effective if it is adequately maintained and kept in good working order. But should a fault occur between tests it is important that it does not go unnoticed, or that a regular weekly or monthly test is not overlooked due to unavailability of personel.
A self-testing and remote monitoring solution can help to ensure that your systems is working properly, and that you stay compliant. Let's take a look...
Smoke control systems are an important fire safety measure for high-rise residential buildings. They are provided to keep escape routes clear of smoke to allow people to safely exit the building in an emergency and to allow firefighters clear access to fight the fire and carry out rescue operations.
Wheeler Electrical won the electrical contract for the new student accommodation at Camberwell College of Arts, which included installing an 11-storey mechanical smoke shaft system. With support from Easivent, Wheeler Electrical decided to self-install the system using Easivent’s modular smoke shaft system. Read our case study...
Easivent offers a comprehensive range of AOV kits designed specifically for self-installation by mechanical and electrical contractors. The product range comprises kits containing ventilators or actuators, control panels, smoke detectors and switches designed to work out of the box without the need for specialist installation or commissioning service. Although smoke control systems can be onerous to design and install for complex buildings, the majority of smoke shaft and AOV systems are very similar and well within the capability of a competent trade contractor.