Smoke Control

Pendricks offer services related to the control of smoke from building design to strategic placement of smoke barriers.

There are many fire safety strategies to be deployed in the control of fire and smoke, from the design of the building itself to the strategic placement of active fire and smoke barriers. We can assist in giving an early overview of your options, enabling you to proceed with confidence to the more detailed design stage.

Priority is given to protection of life in the event of fire. In practice, this means designing protected means of escape for the building occupants. Fire evacuation strategies usually involve the application of the smoke and heat exhaust ventilation system (SHEVS) in its fire operational condition for the period of time required for the occupants of the premise to be alerted, and to be able to exit the premises. The smoke and heat control system assisting in the protection of the means of escape by smoke compartmentation and smoke protection.

The basic premise of smoke control is to limit the spread of smoke, to extract it and thus facilitate the evacuation of occupants.

To design a system that provides this and meets the relevant national and international standards requires a great deal of knowledge of the operation and parameters of the required equipment.
Active Smoke Barriers are an integral part of many such strategies and are recognised as such under the EN, UL and NFPA standards and recommendations.

Pendricks provide information to complete or cost a smoke control strategy whether stand alone or as part of a SHEVs package. We can advise on the most appropriate solution within the particular constraints and assist in suggesting options which comply to the regulations whilst maximising the usable space. Thus, the implications of the relevant compliance are incorporated, as is the effectiveness of such a solution as well as the cost and practicality .
Pendricks devise evacuation strategies, specify compliant equipment, calculate barrier numbers and locations through the marking up of existing plans, all to meet the requirements of the proposed strategy.