Presentation: The latest revision to the SCA Guidance on Smoke Control to Common Escape Routes in Apartment Buildings

COLT_SHAFT_door_open.jpgThe Smoke Control Association (SCA) has published Revision 2 to its ‘Guidance on Smoke Control to Common Escape Routes in Apartment Buildings (Flats and Maisonettes)’, which is available for download from

The SCA’s original publication, available from the above link, has been a welcome reference point for all concerned in the design and approval process of such systems, bringing together all the relevant details and giving recommendations not previously covered in other standards.

This new revision generally follows the outline of the forthcoming BS 9991 : Fire Safety in the Design, Management and Use of Residential Buildings – Code of Practice which is to be published in January 2016.

For the first time the maximum extended travel distance is limited to 30m, as measured from the stair, not from a protected lobby door. This will have a significant impact on the layout of such buildings. This is one of many changes to the guidance.

In this presentation we go through the latest revision and highlight some key changes.


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