FDS FireSmart provides lifesaving smoke ventilation systems that assist occupant's means of escape and provide clear access for firefighting services.
What's more, these systems are comprised of several high-quality fire safety components to form both a complete and compliant smoke ventilation system.
The FDS FireSmart Mechanical smoke ventilation system is powered by fans to remove smoke from a building to provide a means of escape for occupants and access for fire-fighting services if a fire should occur.Learn More
Natural Smoke Ventilation Systems from FDS FireSmart make us of ‘passive’ forces of wind and thermal buoyancy to provide a safe escape route for a building’s occupants.Learn More
Car Park Ventilation from FDS FireSmart is called into action in the event of a fire, but also works day-to-day, maintaining a suitable level of air quality by exhausting pollutants, gases and fumes produced by vehicles.Learn More
The systems included as part of the FDS FireSmart package have been made up of high-quality components, dedicated to providing the safest and most compliant smoke ventilation solutions. To secure a consistent supply of high-quality components, FDS FireSmart partners with several strong and reputable suppliers.
Mechanical Smoke Ventilation from FDS FireSmart aid the safe escape of occupants' and allows adequate access for firefighters. Our Mechanical Smoke Ventilation Systems (MSVS) are an alternative method to Natural Smoke Venting.
This type of smoke extraction system comprises of a mechanical extract shaft that serves the common corridor and/ or lobby. When smoke it detected within a protected lobby, only the fire damper to the smoke shaft on the fire floor will open (all other dampers will remain locked shut). In turn, the vent at the head of the staircase will open allowing the smoke to be removed and make up air for the smoke extraction system.
The fan at the top of the mechanical smoke shaft extracts the smoke and prevents migration of smoke into the adjacent compartments. Thus, aiding the occupants' means of escape and providing suitable access for firefighting services.
Natural Smoke Ventilation Systems from FDS FireSmart remain sympathetic to the architect's aesthetic vision, while offering maximum floor space efficiency and cost savings. It is a total solution that provides a reliable and cost-effective method of meeting the requirements of Approved Document B.
In the event of a fire, natural venting systems open air ways, using natural air flow dynamics to remove smoke, which is arguably the biggest threat to life. This can be attained by opening windows or vents, an automatic opening vent (AOV) or, where there is no external wall, a vertical smoke shaft.
This creates a natural air flow to purge smoke from the building and exhaust it into the atmosphere, offering a safe means of escape for occupants, with greater visibility and access for fire fighters.
Using CO monitoring and a stepped control algorithm, FDS FireSmart ensures there is sufficient air extraction to remove day-to-day pollutants properly, while maintaining maximum energy efficiency
Smoke is a real threat to life in an enclosed space such as an underground car park and also causes significant issues for fire fighters dealing with the fire.
FDS FireSmarts' smoke extraction and ventilation systems are designed to rapidly remove smoke during and after a fire.
Substantial space saving benefits creating more saleable space
The standard states that mechanical smoke shaft systems can be used, provided they offer equivalent performance to their 1.5m² natural counterparts. Due to the greater efficiency of mechanical systems, shafts can be as small as 0.6m in most circumstances, although as buildings increase in height, the cross-sectional area of the shaft may need to increase up to 1m2. Consequently this can provide substantial space saving benefits over natural systems, creating more saleable space within a property.
Suitable where common corridor travel distances extend over 7.5m
Protecting the building’s staircase, these systems can also be implemented in buildings that contain travel distances in the common corridor that extend over the code recommended 7.5m in an un-sprinklered building and over 15m in a sprinklered building. This is because they offer greater performance for means of escape, assisting in clearing smoke from the building’s common corridors, mitigating this non-compliance.
Aesthetics, Maintenance and Cost Efficiency
If the property’s common corridor has an external wall, natural smoke ventilation systems are a particularly cost-effective method of achieving compliance as existing windows can be used for this purpose.
Whilst remaining sympathetic to the architect’s aesthetic vision, as well as offering maximum floor space efficiency and cost savings, natural systems also offer the advantage of easy maintenance due to the small amount of mechanical parts included, often simply consisting of fire doors and an actuator.
This lack of required maintenance makes natural systems ideal for use in multi-occupancy properties where maintenance budgets are limited, or where systems may be vandalised.
Download our Smoke Ventilation System PDF Guide to help you understand the elements of a system and how they interact with each other.