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Smoke Control in High-Rise Buildings: Part 1

Very tall buildings have several unique characteristics that increase the severity of potential fire events including higher occupancy, longer evacuation times, access issues for responders and potential water pressure/availability issues. Because of these potential obstacles, integrating adequate smoke control systems during the design process is essential.

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Alternatives to Enclosed Elevator Lobbies

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.

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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.

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Active Vs. Passive Smoke Management

Smoke management systems are referred to as either passive or active.

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Atrium Solutions – What Are Your Options?

As far as modern design goes, expanding the amount of natural light in a building by opening up an atrium continues to be very popular.

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Fire & Smoke Rated Curtain System Applications: Historic Buildings

Historic Buildings are usually grandfathered in when it comes to building codes. Therefore, fire and smoke protection is usually lacking greatly. That being said, if major renovations are planned there will be the expectation to meet current building codes.

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Fire & Smoke Rated Curtain System Applications: Metro Stations & Subways

Mass transportation is undergoing large surges in growth in large metropolitan areas as the need to connect urban areas with surrounding transit points increases.

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Fire & Smoke Rated Curtain System Applications: Museums

Similar to atriums, museum typically consist of large, open spaces.

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Fire & Smoke Rated Curtain System Applications: Atriums

Building atriums create a unique obstacle when it comes to fire safety.

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Custom Smoke & Fire Doors: The STACK

Unlike a traditional garage-style door, the STACK requires no overhead track.