What products can be used for stairwell ventilation?
The most common product types of stairwell ventilators are:
The louvred ventilator provides discharge of smoke and fumes through motorised blades along the length of the frame. You can choose between aluminium, polycarbonate or glazed blades / panels.
These weatherproof ventilators provide discharge of smoke and fumes through motorised blades along the length of the frame whilst also containing separate 24V, side-mounted daily ventilation louvres to allow fresh air input without opening the whole louvre. This means that daily ventilation can be provided even in wet weather.
The hatch vent AOV / roof hatch AOV provides discharge of smoke and fumes with an opening angle of 140 degrees. It is available with either a solid aluminium insulated lid or a polycarbonate translucent panel. Roof hatches are not usually suitable for environmental ventilation.
To meet standards actuated vertical windows must always provide the required free area as specified in Approved Document B. A range of AOV window actuators are available, including chain drives, linear and folding arms. These should be tested and CE marked to EN12101:2 Smoke and heat control systems – Natural smoke and heat exhaust ventilators.
Casement windows are often used for ventilation and may also be used for smoke evacuation subject to compliance with regulations.
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