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.
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. Easivent, the product distribution arm of the leading smoke control specialist SCS Group offers a number of resources including a suite of training courses to help contractors through this process. Simple to install AOV kits designed to meet the requirements of Approved Document B of the Building Regulations are also available from the webstore. Easivent has recently launched an approved installer scheme for contractors wanting to take smoke control in-house. Qualified contractors receive discounts on the complete product range, access to free technical support and how to guides.
The rewards can be significant and customers report a doubling in profit through direct install when compared to employing a specialist to do the work as illustrated below.
Cost breakdown for a typical project illustrating a doubling in profit
One such customer, Wheeler Electrical, recently installed smoke shafts on a project in London and found the experience remarkably simple with Easivent’s support. Ed Wheeler states “We found installing the smoke shaft system pretty straightforward really – it saved a lot of time and effort. Working with Easivent, as always was pretty easy”.
Wheeler Electrical won the electrical contract for Camberwell Collage of Arts in London (pictured)
For more information on the Easivent approved installer network and the simple application process, see the expression of interest form
For more information on where to begin when self-installing smoke control systems, see our article explaining how to install smoke control systems or download the 7 steps to selecting mechanical smoke shafts.