Smoke gaskets or smoke seals are designed to fill the gaps between a door’s leaf and frame and expand under heat. This gasket system prevents smoke and fire from getting to other parts of your building through infiltration. They offer a lot to the safety of your building’s design, but are they required? In some situations and types of buildings, gaskets are almost always required. Preventing the passage of smoke and fire to other parts of your building is crucial, and in some cases, life-saving.
Designing entryways and doorways in a building isn’t always the most exciting part, but when taking safety into consideration, few factors are more important than the doors. There is a wide variety of door designs to work with, but not all of them offer the fire protection necessary for commercial buildings.
Hotels are all about the guest experience, which is oftentimes associated with excellent service, amenities, a beautiful location and gorgeous rooms that make guests feel at home. However, one of the key elements of the perfect guest experience is something that doesn’t get as much mention as other fun features. It’s much more practical yet essential to ensure guest satisfaction — this element is safety.
As breathtaking as atriums can be, they can also pose several concerns when it comes to fire and smoke protection. Atriums have the potential to provide horizontal and vertical pathways for smoke and fire to spread rapidly. Here are a few factors to consider when designing smoke and fire protection for these unique, multi-level areas.