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 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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Self-delivery of smoke control systems can increase margins for M&E contractors

It has been a growing trend in recent years for Main Contractors to self-deliver mechanical and electrical (M&E) services. For example Wates Building Services now has a dedicated in-house M&E delivery service which replaces traditional M&E procurement on some Wates Construction projects.

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Are you using the right cable?

Fire rated cable is required in all life safety system installations, they are designed to maintain circuit integrity and continue to work for a specified period. To fully comply with the regulations Category 3 cable should be used for all smoke ventilation installations.

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Make way for the EV-301 and EV-601

We’ll soon be rolling out our new EV-301 and EV-601 panels as an all singing and dancing replacement of the SP-300 and SP-600 panels.

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Advantages of hatch and louvred stairwell smoke vents (AOVs)

A stairwell smoke ventilator is an automatic opening ventilator (AOV) which provides at least 1.0m2 of free area when open. It usually serves one of two purposes;

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What our Approved Installers say about Easivent training

Easivent has now been running Approved Installer Training for over a year, with 7 training sessions completed and 15 companies becoming Easivent Approved Installers.

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What is a stairwell AOV system?

Stairwell automatic opening ventilators (AOV) are used in the stairwells of flats and office buildings where protecting the common escape routes is of paramount importance. 

A stairwell smoke ventilator is an AOV which provides at least 1.0m2 of free area when open. It usually serves one of two purposes;

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