As far as modern design goes, expanding the amount of natural light in a building by opening up the atrium continues to be very popular. Not only can an atrium reduce operating costs by taking advantage of natural light and delivering energy saving, an open atrium can vitalize interior space and increase user satisfaction.
However, due to the open space of a large atrium, it can take a lot in the design and construction process to ensure it is safe for all users. One of the most critical design issues for most atriums are satisfying the many stringent smoke and fire code regulations. Atrium building codes typically require a unique system that activates in the event of a fire.
In the past, architects and contractors were restricted to conventional systems such as rolling steel doors, automatic sprinklers and smoke exhaust systems. These options are not only visually unappealing, but also can add quite a bit to the budget’s bottom line. Luckily, flexible smoke and fire barrier curtains now offer a simpler and more aesthetically pleasing option.
Whether you are dealing with an atrium, interior stairs or escalators, fire curtains offer an energy and cost saving option for unenclosed openings. Smoke and fire curtains control smoke through the compartmentalization of the building’s spaces. Containing and channeling the smoke allows building occupants more time to safely egress from the building. Not only are smoke and fire-rated curtains extremely effective, but they can be virtually invisible when not deployed, therefore letting the building’s true beauty show through while keeping its users safe.
Smoke Guard provides flexible smoke and fire-curtain solutions for new construction and remodels. We can help you find the solution that is right for your building. Available in a wide range of dimensions, colors and finishes, we can help you protect a wide range of building openings. Contact us today!