PRESS RELEASE: SCA releases revised guide for Smoke Control to Common Escape Routes in Apartment Buildings

The Smoke Control Association (SCA) has launched a free guide that explains some complex issues around smoke control to common escape routes in apartment buildings. The publication examines different types of systems and their functions. The revised guide also examines the most recent legislation and standards, giving a clear insight into how designers and installers can apply these in their professional practice.

According to the Building Research Establishment (BRE) Fire Conference Report, (June 2015) in the period 2009-2013, there were 43,984 fires recorded in apartment blocks, these resulted in 202 deaths and 3,936 injuries.

The high number of fires in apartment blocks outlines the importance of maintaining fire safety at all times. The guide, therefore, provides guidance on systems intended to protect most common escape routes such as stairwells, corridors, and lobbies as well as systems intended to protect fire service access routes.

The SCA Guide to Smoke Control to Common Escape Routes in Apartment Buildings has been written by experts who are members of the SCA. It offers practical recommendations for experts who are responsible for the design and maintenance of smoke control systems in apartment blocks.

The publication examines the main changes and updates in Approved Document B of the fire safety that consist of:

  • BS 9991 (2011) – Fire safety in the design, management and use of buildings
  • BS 7346-8 (2013) – Components for smoke control systems
  • Code of practice for planning, design, installation and maintenance.

The information within this Guide also highlights methods, recommendations, and requirements for the evaluation of conformity of smoke control systems. It also demonstrates testing regimes for smoke control components in agreement with relevant British and European standards. The revised guide gives clear information on the design, calculation methods, installation, and testing of systems.

Conor Logan, chairman of the Smoke Control Association, says: “I am very pleased to be able to introduce this latest revision from the SCA. This guide will help building designers to control the spread of smoke and enhance safety measures within their apartment block.”

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