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Group SCS’s Faye Young has been working on the Heathside and Lethbridge development’s smoke control and ventilation systems. The transformation of the Heathside and Lethbridge Estate will create a high-density, mixed-tenure development. The project will deliver 512sqm of retail floor space, 768sqm of community floor space, an energy centre and 1192 residential units in contemporary apartment buildings ranging from 3 to 17 storeys in height.

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Selecting the right actuator

Faye recently worked with Group SCS products when specifying the best actuator for opening the multiple floor to ceiling height window AOVs within the development. There was a specific requirement for the AOVs to deliver natural smoke and daily ventilation to the core of the building.


What are the advantages of chain actuators?

Our Customer Service Engineer, Richard, recommended synchronised pairs of chain drives for this project. Take a look at some of the reasons for his choice:

  • Ease of installation – Chain actuators are fairly straightforward to install providing there is sufficient room on the frame to install it. However, care should be taken to ensure that motors can be accessed for maintenance.
  • Wide variety of programmable options – Chain drives are pre-programmable to specific force and stroke lengths to suit a large proportion of projects. These can be discussed with the Group SCS team prior to order or accessed through our Approved Installer Network.
  • Ease of control – This powerful actuator has a low noise output, it has one motor and low power use. It also operates using reverse polarity.
  • Low cost – Chain drives are a relatively low cost, reliable solution with the flexibility to most suit smoke and natural ventilation projects.
  • Aesthetics – When installed, the chain drive sits neatly on the frame.
  • Synchronised versions available – When more than one chain drive is required on the window, synchronised versions are available.

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Under the Construction Products Regulations (CPR) it is a legal requirement to use only certified products for smoke ventilation. It is the responsibility of the installer to ensure installations meet the relevant standards. For more information see SCS Group’s Technical Bulletin here.