Safety during an emergency. Suffocation from smoke inhalation is a major concern when developing a building’s fire emergency plan. In order for occupants to escape in the event of a fire emergency, smoke must be removed as quickly as possible from the building. At the same time, this allows fire service professionals to extinguish the fire safely and effectively.
Natural or passive smoke ventilation quickly vents smoke through the automatic opening of high-level smoke vents while low-level openings will allow replacement air to enter. In this way, the smoke is allowed out and fresh air comes in.
Naturally venting the smoke also prevents the building from overheating, which could cause explosions of smoke gases.
With a smoke ventilation solution, the high-level smoke vents (skylights, windows or proprietary smoke vents) will open automatically in conjunction with the low level replacement air openings.
This system, when designed and controlled correctly, ensures that the smoke is exhausted rapidly, enabling the occupants to escape and reducing the risk of fatalities.
Natural smoke ventilation not only creates safety and security for the users of the building, but it also provides the opportunity for comfort ventilation. The openings in the facade and roof can ventilate every day to provide a pleasant indoor climate.
In combination with weather stations and/or sensors, the actuators can be intelligently operated. This reduces the demand on building cooling and ventilation systems, reducing energy consumption and improving air quality.
In a comfort ventilation system, the outdoor conditions are monitored, as well as indoor temperature. This ensures that the windows open and close at the appropriate moments and that the indoor CO2 levels stay within optimal levels. Thermal comfort of the indoor occupants is also a key focus of this type of system.
So, a smoke safety solution is not just an investment in the protection of building occupants in case of fire, but it also becomes an active part of providing users with a balanced day-to-day indoor climate that is environmentally friendly.
WindowMaster has two smoke ventilation solutions designed to address fire and smoke emergency needs in buildings of all sizes.
The configuration of the final solution depends on the size of the building, the number of smoke vents, the window actuator amperage requirements and the number of smoke zones / rooms.
Smoke ventilation is appropriate in buildings across a variety of industries
We are professional smoke ventilation consultants and suppliers. We can help you install a system in an existing structure or plan your smoke control system in a new build. We’ll work closely with you to find the best smoke ventilation system that suits your needs.
WindowMaster offers maintenance agreements for both our own and other types of smoke ventilation systems. We will inspect the complete system in accordance with the applicable legislation. Maintenance of the smoke ventilation system includes checking the windows, window actuators, emergency power, and that the system is trigerring functioning correctly.
We’ve worked on a broad range of projects, implementing smoke control for various buildings including apartment complexes, office buildings, schools and hospitals.
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