Fire & Smoke Safety for Building Atriums

Expanding the amount of natural light in a building by opening create an open atrium continues to be very popular in modern architecture.

An atrium can reduce operating costs by taking advantage of natural light, deliver energy savings and can vitalize interior space and increase tenant satisfaction.

However, due to the open space of a large atrium, it can take quite a bit of energy in the design and construction process to ensure tenant safety. Atriums require the compliance of many stringent smoke and fire code regulations. Therefore, atrium building codes typically require a unique system that activates in the event of a fire.

Previously, architects and contractors have been restricted by traditional systems such as rolling steel doors, automatic sprinklers and smoke exhaust systems. These options are quite costly and not very visually appealing. Luckily, flexible smoke and fire barrier curtains offer a simpler option that can be easily integrated into the building’s design.

Smoke and fire curtains control smoke through compartmentalizing the building’s spaces. By containing and channeling the smoke, building occupants have more time to safely egress from the building. Not only are smoke and fire-rated curtains extremely effective, but they can be virtually disappear into a building’s design when not in use.

Smoke Guard California provides flexible smoke and fire-curtain solutions for new construction and renovations. Our experienced staff can help design the right solution for your building’s needs. Available in a plethora of dimensions, colors and finishes, we can help you protect a wide range of building openings. Contact us today!