Questions and answers from Paul Compton's webinar, “What are the design considerations when integrating smoke and fire curtains into a building?”

Posted by Paul Compton on 18/06/13 11:04

First of all a big thank you to those who attended my webinar last Friday on the above subject. If you missed it or would like to watch it again a recorded version is available here. Many questions were asked after the presentation and I decided to post the most interesting ones up here for everybody’s benefit.

Before I do, I confirm that the presentation I made has been CPD approved and if that you watch either the entire recorded or live version, you may request that we send you a CPD attendance certificate.

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Topics: Fire Containment, Smoke Containment, Webinar, CPD, Curtains

New fire curtain standard to replace PAS 121

Posted by Paul Compton on 29/05/13 09:51

“Marry in haste, repent at leisure”, as the saying goes. This case is not quite so dramatic but PAS 121 (in common with most PAS) was written in haste and it shows.

At last though we have a replacement (in fact 2 replacements) in the form of BS 8524-1 and BS 8524-2, both published last month. These have been developed through the full BSI process and are much better.

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Topics: Smoke Control, Fire Containment, Smoke Containment, Regulations

The Lakanal House inquest and Local Authority tower blocks

Posted by Conor Logan on 10/04/13 09:31

Photo: Channel 4 News

The inquest into the Lakanal House tragedy concluded last week and the published verdict and recommendations raise important concerns regarding fire safety in local authority tower blocks, and particularly in aged housing stock.

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Topics: Fire Containment, Regulations, Residential Buildings

ETFE rooflights are not an alternative to smoke control!

Posted by Conor Logan on 01/11/12 11:15

ETFE cushions have become increasingly popular as a cost effective alternative to glass in rooflights and facades. They offer many benefits over glass; they are very light, so require much reduced structural support and they are able to absorb large deflections without fracturing. They have been used successfully in numerous projects – among them the very distinctive Biomes of the Eden Project, in Cornwall.

Why would they be any good for smoke control?

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Topics: Smoke Control, Fire Containment, Smoke Containment

Fire safety: protecting local authority tower blocks

Posted by Conor Logan on 13/09/12 10:20

The fire that broke out at Lakanal House in 2009 with tragic consequences put the spotlight on the issue of fire safety in local authority tower blocks.

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Topics: Fire Containment, Regulations, Residential Buildings

Insulated Fire Curtains and PAS 121 - In the Zone?

Posted by Conor Logan on 16/04/12 15:36

Publicly Available Specification (PAS) 121 has sparked some confusion as regards the difference between an insulated fire curtain and an insulated zone fire curtain. Hopefully in this blog and whitepaper we will be able to remove the confusion from the subject.

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Topics: Smoke Control, Fire Containment, Smoke Containment, Regulations, Power Plants, Curtains

Safety first: how to specify the right fire curtain

Posted by Conor Logan on 20/02/12 10:07

In simple terms a fire curtain is a fire rated, motorised, roller blind. Fire rated fabric is wound around a cylindrical motor which is placed inside a small galvanised steel housing. Vertical guides provide a seal at the sides when the curtain descends.

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Topics: Smoke Control, Fire Containment, Regulations