Smoke Guard logo badge

Smoke Guard Blog

Scroll to Top

Convenience Stairs and Building Codes

Tuesday January 10, 2017

When it comes to securing stairwells and meeting fire codes, grand staircases in multi-level atriums seem to get all the attention. However, grand staircases are really nothing more than convenience stairs with a little extra design.

 

Common in many office buildings, convenience stairs can connect departments that work together consistently making collaboration easier. Convenience stairs can connect any floors within a building but are typically not separated with a fire door like an emergency exit. Because they are not sealed off from the rest of the building, convenience stairs can be troublesome when trying to meet building codes.

 

A perimeter smoke curtain can reduce the size of a mechanical smoke system while maintaining the design intent of a convenience stair. Without corner posts, this vertically deploying smoke curtain can help create a compartment around convenience stairs in the event of a fire or smoke emergency.

 

If you are looking at adding convenience stairs to your building, give Smoke Guard a call we can help design a perimeter curtain to fit your needs while ensuring you are up to code.


Recently Viewed Products