Elevator Smoke Curtain
An elevator smoke curtain is a protective barrier that traps smoke from entering an elevator shaft. Elevator smoke curtain installation can be used to eliminate the IBC elevator lobby requirement.
Elevator Smoke Protection
During a fire and smoke incident, an elevator shaft will act as a chimney, quickly spreading smoke to other floors. The largest safety threat during a fire is smoke inhalation. Up to 80% of all fire-related deaths are caused by inhaling smoke, poisonous gases
Elevator smoke doors became required to stop smoke migration
Since elevators were the fastest conduit for heated smoke and air to spread throughout a building. After several high profile tragedies, the major building and fire regulatory organizations decided something was needed to stop the major tragedies and protect loss of life. The organizations created these specific guidelines to protect life during a smoke and fire occurrence. By working in conjunction, all safety aspects can be met. The various organizations work together to help architects, engineers, builders, contractors
The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and International Code Council (ICC) all adopted regulations and codes to prevent smoke migration. The ICC developed the International Building Code (IBC), the most widely adopted building codes and standards available. The NFPA elevator code, ASME elevator code, UL 325 as well as IBC’s elevator lobby and smoke barrier requirements state various codes and standards for elevator smoke doors, fire elevators, smoke guards and more.
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Elevator smoke doors
All of the organizations agree on creating a fire protection area and smoke guard around the elevator, also known as an elevator lobby. An elevator lobby is an enclosed room constructed of fire-rated materials and includes fire-rated elevator smoke doors that can be closed to prevent smoke and fire from spreading to the elevator. A great safety feature indeed, however, fire rated doors can be large and cumbersome.
Alternative to Elevator Lobbies - Elevator Smoke Curtains
On the main level, an elevator lobby can be a beautiful feature with an area to decorate and display a positive image of the building and its occupants. However architects, engineers
There are several alternatives to requiring an enclosed elevator lobby but allows for alternative means and methods of construction that are equal to or superior to the requirements in the code. An elevator smoke curtain is a great example of such an approved alternative. Our SmokeShield Elevator smoke curtain
Smoke guard design freedom
When it comes to providing a smoke guard or barrier in buildings, SmokeShield Elevator is the most design-adaptable hoistway smoke enclosure in the industry. Our elevator smoke curtain’s design versatility is evident in allowing guides to be easily concealed in wood, masonry, sheetrock or other fascia materials, offering the broadest range of mounting possibilities. Any exposed guides or bottom bars can be finished to match, complement, or contrast their surroundings with custom powder coating, faux finishes, or a unique stainless matching guide anodization option.
SmokeShield Elevator’s headroom, backroom