The Smoke Control Association (SCA) has announced a new training course designed for building services engineers, building control inspectors, fire engineers and SCA members. The course, entitled ‘Introduction to Smoke Control – A Beginner’s Guide’, is designed to expand knowledge of smoke controls, identify best practice and improve industry standards.
The course consists of two one-hour lectures. The first session will be led by Conor Logan, Chairman of the SCA and will focus on UK and European legislation and the supporting standards relating to smoke control systems.
Logan says, “This new training course will prove invaluable for anyone looking to learn more about smoke control systems and the integral part they play in improving safety within buildings. The two sessions will cover legislation, performance criteria, system types and more, providing advice and guidance at the planning, design and installation stages.”
Will Perkins of SE Controls will deliver the second part of the course explaining the latest systems, installation methods and maintenance requirements of smoke control. He says, “Often it is not fire that kills — it’s smoke, and a building’s smoke control system can significantly improve the life safety protection of the building. Yet, in comparison with the fire alarm and sprinkler industries, this is a nascent area of building services, and there is evidence to suggest that designs and installations are of variable quality, with smoke control in high-rise residential buildings being a particular area of concern.”
The Smoke Control Association sets out the importance of a well-designed smoke control system. In the event of a fire, smoke control systems can save lives and protect property. According to the SCA a good smoke control system will:
- Keep escape and access routes free from smoke
- Facilitate fire-fighting operations
- Reduce the risk of the fire developing further
- Protect building contents
- Reduce the risk of building damage
The first half day training course takes place on 29th March 2017 at Trox UK’s London offices. There is a Q&A session at the end of the course. Places can be booked on the course here.