Collaboration with all parties is the key to getting a smoke control strategy that works for the building in question. The combination of three ingredients - a solid project team, world-class products and up-to-date knowledge will help you get it right. Take a look at our three key things you need to deliver a good smoke control solution...
1) A high quality project team
Swegon’s approach is to provide complete system solutions and offer support from initial design to installation, commissioning, and right through lifecycle operation to maintain the original design intent. This ensures that specifiers have all the information necessary to ensure the smoke control dampers and controls they select meet all regulatory and product standard requirements and, crucially, can be tested in conjunction with all other elements of the fire safety strategy to ensure all the components work in harmony and are appropriate for the building in question. Read more about how we work >
2) World class products
To deliver a high quality solution, high quality products should be used. Two vital components in the smoke control system are the smoke dampers and the damper control system...
Actionair SmokeCommand dampers are CE Marked multiple compartment dampers and are classified to product standard EN13501-4 and tested to EN 1366-10. They are also classified to HOT 400/30 which enables them to be operable at 400 deg c for up to 30 minutes - vital for control in the event of a fire. They use a two-position actuator for drive open and drive close operation and are able to maintain their position because they have no thermal device to cause uncontrolled operation and no automatic return mechanism.
Smoke can spread rapidly through a building’s ductwork system, so the dampers must be activated as soon as smoke is detected – reacting to thermal sensing can often be too late. SmokeCommand dampers can be interfaced via the Actionpac LNS5 damper control panel to the fire alarm system for automatic activation to clear smoke from the affected area and manual override for post fire smoke clearance is also possible. This means users can be reassured that the system will work quickly when needed. Building owners can also schedule testing, view the status of the dampers along with receiving notifications, reports and updates.
3) High quality knowledge
The project team should have the know-how to design, specify and install the right system. If you need your knowledge refreshing you can attend one of our CIBSE accredited training seminars, learn how to approach, plan, build and maintain an installation optimally. We share our vast expertise and you will be able to take advantage of this to create better, safer and healthier indoor environments.
Our guide to correct specification of smoke control dampers seminar will look at best practices for designing a smoke control damper system using smoke control dampers and dedicated damper control panels. The session will give insight into why smoke control is so important, provide an overview of smoke control dampers (compared to fire dampers) and their classifications. Plus we will look at strategies for best practice in smoke control and the importance of creating a safe environment for building occupants.