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Alternatives to Enclosed Elevator Lobbies: Part 2

According to FEMA, asphyxiation from smoke is the leading cause of fire death, exceeding burns by a three-to-one ratio. Due to those kinds of realities, building must be designed to protect its occupants from both fire and smoke. READ MORE »

Alternatives to Enclosed Elevator Lobbies: Part 1

In multi-story buildings, elevator shafts can act like chimneys as they enable large amounts of air to move from floor to floor. Just as they enable the movement of air, elevator shafts can also transport smoke throughout a building in the case of a fire. As smoke rises upwards, it easily seeps through elevator doors and onto other floors. Because of the vertical nature of an elevator shaft, a fire can easily affect each floor and therefore needs to be specifically addressed to properly manage and compartmentalize fire and smoke. READ MORE »

The Advantages of Deployable Curtain Systems

Deployable smoke and fire containment curtains have been used for quite some time to effectively protect elevators. However, their integration into atrium design is relatively new. Flexible fire and smoke curtains provide many advantages over a stand-alone smoke exhaust system. READ MORE »

Smoke Containment vs. Smoke Management

Smoke management systems are referred to as either passive or active. Active smoke management systems typically utilize smoke exhaust or evacuation systems. These systems utilize mechanical equipment to control the spread of smoke. Exhaust inlets located near or in the ceilings remove smoke from the building to allow people to evacuate. READ MORE »

Atrium Solutions – What Are Your Options?

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. READ MORE »

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