The 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 www.feta.co.uk/smokecontrol.
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.
I am the chairman of the SCA and also chaired the working group which produced the guide.
There will be the chance to ask me questions at the end of the session, and for those who register but can't make the webinar at the last minute, the session will be recorded and made available online.
Conor Logan is a Technical Manager of Colt UK, Smoke and Climate Control Division. Conor designs innovative smoke control and HVAC systems and is also Chairman of the Smoke Control Association.