Smoke Control saves Lives.
SHEVS saves Lives.
Engineered Smoke Control System (ESCS), also known as Smoke and Heat Exhaust Ventilation System (SHEVS), ensures that smoke, heat, and combustion gases are removed from a building the moment a fire starts, and greatly limits its impact and damage. It allows building occupants to seek safety without worrying about excessive smoke inhalation. An ESCS can also detect and resolve smoke to facilitate early evacuation and fire-fighting activities.
Besides the effects of fire, smoke is known as a silent killer. It is often undetectable and can build up in confined spaces, causing occupants to get disoriented, lose consciousness, and even cause loss of life. Engineered Smoke Control Systems are designed to detect and redirect smoke, significantly reducing its harmful effects and allowing additional time for occupants to evacuate. It also creates a safe environment for emergency responders to fight the fire.
Engineered Smoke Control Systems are a key installation in many commercial buildings to safeguard occupants’ safety. They include smoke curtains as well as ventilator systems, which help to channel smoke movement towards extraction points as well as remove them from building interiors.
At SHEVS IFT, our experienced fire safety engineers will assist in the design and installation process of our ESCS. We create tailored designs suited to the unique requirements of your building space, ensuring their optimal performance and helping minimise injuries and damage to infrastructure.
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When deciding on SHEVS required, however, the risks are considerably greater when one assumes standard condition instead of taking all individual circumstances into account.
Concealed automatic smoke curtains within the ceiling profile during normal condition
No two buildings are alike.
Therefore, the understanding of the stakeholders’ aspirations in terms of architectural appeal and details are critical to deliver functional and aesthetically pleasing engineered smoke control system.
“Fire safety engineering is customized for every project through close interaction and understanding of clients’ needs and aspirations”.
Smoke curtains used as part of smoke control systems to relax fire compartmentation requirements, thus eliminate the use of bulky and expensive fire curtains or shutters.
Automatic smoke curtains in their descent positions during fire condition
With in-depth understanding on the fire safety design principles and the architectural requirements, a well-balanced solution can always be achieved in terms of functionality and aesthetics.
“Smoke curtains in operation during emergency to control smoke effectively in accordance with the fire safety design intent”.
Part drop smoke curtains around void edge to contain smoke reservoir for smoke extraction. Engineered smoke control system is provided to waive the need for fire curtains or shutters.
Smoke ventilators in closed position at normal condition
With innovation and proper coordination, emergency smoke ventilators can be aesthetically designed as part of the building façade.
Smoke ventilators designed and tested to EN12101-Part 2;
“Good fire safety engineering practice involves the realization of the performance objectives of the fire codes as well as the expectations of all stakeholders”.
Smoke ventilators in the open position during a fire situation
SHEVS’ innovative experiences and resources can assist you to develop customized designs to suit your project requirements.
“Smoke ventilators to fail safe open during emergency to function effectively in accordance with the proposed fire safety design intent.”
Integration of Engineered Smoke Control System (ESCS)
Engineered Smoke Control System (ESCS) shall comprise of several essential equipment such as smoke extraction fans, smoke ventilators, dampers, smoke curtains, smoke detectors and etc. Proper interfacing with AHUs, fire shutters, auto doors for air inlet ventilators must be coordinated accordingly.
Less is More. At SHEVS IFT, we always strive to design simple and sustainable smoke control solutions that are cost-effective and reliable. For example, passive maintenance-free natural means of smoke control systems are always preferred in lieu of complicated mechanical smoke extraction systems.
With the increasing green initiatives to make buildings more sustainable, day-to-day natural ventilation designs are always adopted over the mechanical means. With careful planning, the day-to-day natural ventilation openings can be designed to be dual-purpose to serve as the natural engineered smoke control system during a fire situation.
Understanding stakeholders’ aspirations in terms of purpose, architectural appeal, construction costs and completion time.
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