If a fire breaks out, which results in smoke getting into communal lobbies or corridors adjoining the escape stairwell, there needs to be some means of removing smoke from these areas. Solutions to this include the installation of an automatic opening ventilator (AOV) or a natural/mechanical smoke shaft system. As smoke is extracted through such a system, the stairwell ventilator provides replacement air to allow people to escape safely and firefighters to enter the building easily to tackle the fire.
In line with the recent trend among main contractors to self-deliver MEP services, some M&E and fire alarm contractors are following a similar route by bringing smoke control in house. If you’re considering selecting and self-installing smoke control and AOV systems, here are some key steps you should consider:
- Ensure you learn about smoke control for residential buildings. A good place to start is the SCS Group Guide to Smoke Shafts. Standards and regulations should be met, the most important being The Building Regulations 2010, specifically Approved Document B, all of which are discussed in this e-book.
- Determine who in the organization will be responsible for this area of the project and if training is required, invest in a recognized training course. The Easivent approved installer network offers a range of training courses covering design, installation and commissioning of smoke control for multi storey residential developments. Find out more about this scheme here.
- Engage with the right supply chain partners who can offer high quality, CE marked products. Easivent offers a range of AOV kits designed specifically for self-installation by electrical contractors. These are available off the shelf and are all supported by the SCS Group commissioning and service network.
The Easivent Smoke Vent 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 services.
For further support, download Easivent’s AOV guide or visit our website.