Smoke control across sectors | Brakel Airvent

Sectors / Applications

Sectors / Applications

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Custodial

Custodial and other secure facilities present their own unique set of challenges when designing smoke and fire safety systems. Many prisons and secure mental health units operate a ‘protect in place’ policy, relocating occupants from the area of fire origin to a secure area within the facility. This requires careful consideration of the design of any safety system with early detection and location of the fire hazard essential.

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Multi-level shopping centres

The solution may integrate: fixed or automatic fire or smoke curtains to restrict smoke flow or direct smoke into local high level smoke zones; powered or natural smoke ventilators can be utilised to extract smoke from the shopping mall or atria. The ventilation system can be controlled by our intelligent and addressable Intelli-Vent control system which is normally activated by the fire alarm in the system.

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Single-storey factories and warehouses

Airvent’s integrated systems include temperature and rain sensors for environmental conditions. In a fire condition these are overridden by the fire detection system or fire fighter’s override panel. As smoke rises within the building, smoke curtains can lower from the ceiling to form smoke zones, or fixed smoke curtains can be utilised to create high level smoke zones. This prevents smoke cooling and lowering to cause a hazard to escape routes, and prevents lateral spreading to other parts of the building. Roof level smoke ventilators or smoke extract fans can then remove the excess heat and toxic smoke from the building.

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Multi-storey apartment

An Airvent system is tailored to the geometry of the building; everything from building materials to varying escape route distances are carefully taken into account by Airvent’s expert designers. Strategically-placed dampers and ventilators enable the system to compartmentalise or extract smoke away from escape routes and fire fighter access areas, while ensuring correct pressurisation or smoke extraction utilising an Airvent smoke control system.

Brakel Airvent design and install

Underground car parks

Airvent car park ventilation systems use axial impulse or centrifugal induction fans instead of traditional ducted systems, impacting less on the aesthetics and structure of the car park and in some cases removing the need for expensive sprinklers. Less ducting in the car park means less air resistance, resulting in better smoke clearance which means Airvent’s fan systems can be smaller, quieter and less-power hungry than traditional ones while remaining powerful enough to entrain air and smoke in spite of any structural beams/obstructions with the system.

 

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