Construction 2025: The leading trends and industry developments

Construction is a growing and influential industry, which amounted to 6% of the UK’s total economic output in 2017. As such, the developments within it have a direct impact on other industries related to it, like smoke control. More buildings and increased safety mean more business for us, but what is the current situation of the construction industry? Where will it go in the next few years and how can we prepare for it? We explore these questions in our blog post and give you a short outline of what you can expect in the coming years.
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What installation options do I have?

Everyone involved in the construction or management of a building knows that occupants’ safety is paramount, with smoke control providing a vital life safety feature. All equipment and systems relating to smoke control and ventilation must be designed and installed correctly to ensure the safety of occupants and where appropriate, fire fighters.

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The case for remote monitoring and testing of smoke control systems

The maintenance of smoke control systems is critical to ensuring their optimal performance in the event of a fire.

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How to select the best AOV kit for the job

To make the AOV selection process more straightforward, we have created this simple step-by-step guide to selecting the best AOV kit for your project.

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What specification applies to smoke shaft wiring?

The most common type of smoke control system today is the ‘smoke shaft’ system.
‘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. 
But what about its power supply and wiring? What specification applies? Read our blog post and download the SCS Guide to Smoke Shafts to find out.

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What size should my mechanical smoke shaft be?

After you've decided on your flow/extract rate, your next step is to decide on the size of the builder’s work shaft that is needed to transport the smoke to the external atmosphere.

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How does a smoke shaft system work?

‘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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How to self-install smoke control and automated opening ventilator (AOV) systems

Many electrical contractors have attempted to self-install commercial smoke control and automated opening ventilator (AOV) systems, but because they were not properly prepared they didn’t enjoy the experience. What steps do you take to properly install such a system? How can you ensure that the system you install today will work in the future when a fire occurs?

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