Smokeshield® Elevator Smoke Containment SystemElevator Smoke Door
Model Number: ERF10
When a structure catches fire, its elevator shafts transform into chimneys, pulling smoke throughout the area and adding oxygen that feeds the flames. Without a proper elevator smoke containment strategy, you put your property and its occupants at higher risk. SmokeShield® closes off the hoistways to limit smoke and flame spread.
The innovative design engineers at Cookson crafted the award-winning SmokeShield Elevator Smoke Curtain drawing on a century of experience developing fire protection and safety solutions.
What Are Elevator Smoke Doors?
Elevator smoke doors — also known as elevator smoke curtains — are a tool for reducing risk and increasing safety in multistory office and residential structures. They engage automatically to limit potential property damage and occupant harm.
Are Elevator Smoke Doors Required?
Under the International Building Code (IBC) requirements, multi-occupant structures with elevators connecting three or more levels must have a plan for containing smoke and flames as part of their fire safety strategies.
There are several options for meeting this standard, including:
- Elevator lobbies with fire-rated doors: Traditionally, design and construction professionals included these fixtures in their plans, devoting significant square footage.
- Smoke doors preceding the elevator: This method uses less area than a full elevator lobby but still takes up additional floor space.
- Hoistway pressurization: With this approach, fans introduce high-pressure air into the shaft to drive out the smoke.
- Elevator smoke curtains: These innovative products offer effective protection with low-profile designs and installation.
How Do Elevator Smoke Curtains Work?
Smoke curtains work hand-in-hand with current fire safety equipment. When sensors indicate a fire, curtains deploy to form an airtight barrier for the elevators and shafts. That boundary helps keep toxic gases and smoke in a confined space while reducing flame-feeding oxygen spread.
Each curtain has emergency operation controls on both sides to allow first responders and building occupants to gain egress. Once activated, the curtain rises and allows 10 seconds for occupants to exit. Then, the smoke door reengages and stays closed until the alarms reset.
Why Choose Cookson SmokeShield?
SmokeShield is an ideal solution for smoke containment and fire safety strategies in multi-occupant structures.
SmokeShield relies on our patented GuideLock™ design to serve as a failsafe. This technology allows the curtain to create airtight seals 100% of the time.
Affordability and Reliability
Conventional lobbies and fire-rated doors make construction more complex and expensive. Pressurization systems come with high installation and upkeep costs. Conversely, SmokeShield delivers a solution with lower maintenance needs to save even more money. Designers can devote those extra dollars and square footage to other building features instead.
SmokeShield also provides reliable performance with built-in battery backups and the option to wire directly into another secondary power source. You have the peace of mind offered by dependable performance even during a power failure.
Compliance With Regulations
Our innovative design meets the standards defined in IBC 2003-2018. It also complies with:
- IBC 2003, 2006, 2012, 2015, 2018
- ICC-ES Report AC-77
- UL 325
- ASTM E84
- UL 1784
- UL 864
Versatility and Flexibility
SmokeShield is compatible with multiple types of construction material. It easily fastens directly to masonry, drywall, or wood. Choose from various header and guide colors to complement your overall design and architecture, or make it as low-profile as possible by matching the shade of the mounting material.
Cookson builds each smoke curtain to your specific opening dimensions for the best possible fit and hermetic seal. We can accommodate shafts up to 12 feet wide and 12 feet tall with a compact solution storing in less than 10 inches of headroom.
Ease of Use
Our team designed SmokeShield for high effectiveness with effortless operation. Its transparency allows police, firefighters, and EMTs to identify those at risk for swift intervention. We've also included colorful visuals to simplify operation instructions for those seeking egress and first responders.
Get a Free Quote on SmokeShield
Create your custom SmokeShield elevator smoke curtain directly in our Architect Portal. We've included various resources and expert design functionalities to generate accurate drawings and dimensions. You can also contact a member of our team for assistance online, by calling 800-294-4358, or by visiting your nearest authorized Cookson dealer.
A Complete Seal When You Need It Most
The Cookson SmokeShield Elevator is an advanced failsafe technology that stops hoistway smoke migration in its tracks and positively reseals the curtain after each cycle. The transparent barrier features colorful and intuitive graphics that direct evacuees to use the stairs and provides occupants, first responders, and rescue personnel with clear instructions for operation.
To open the SmokeShield Elevator, one simply pushes the button located at the curtain center. The curtain will rise and stay up for approximately 10 seconds before automatically reclosing. A failsafe, monitored battery backup system assures curtain cycling capability in the event of a power failure. The SmokeShield Elevator Smoke Curtain can be wired directly to a backup system if desired. As a final life safety redundancy, occupants or responders can use an ADA compliant manual lift feature for access to and from the elevator car.
Versatile Smoke Curtains for Elevators Built to Your Dimensions
This elevator smoke containment system is manufactured to your custom specifications and accommodates openings up to 12 feet high by 12 feet wide. The curtain and the operating system, including the controls, junction box, and reserve battery system, all fit into the head box and require only 7.25 inches of headroom for installation.
Depending on your building design and preference, you can integrate the SmokeShield Elevator smoke curtain into the surrounding wood, drywall, or masonry fascia for maximum concealment. In addition to a wide choice of powder coat finishes, you may select exposed guide hardware in a durable anodized finish that matches #4 brushed stainless steel for added aesthetic appeal.
Request a Quote for a Custom Elevator Smoke Containment System
At Cookson, we are your custom smoke curtain manufacturer with over 100 years of experience designing innovative products for commercial fire safety. Visit your local Cookson dealer to learn more about our SmokeShield Elevator smoke containment system or contact us to request a quote.
Standard Materials & Finishes
The SmokeShield Elevator comes with galvanized steel guides, bottom bars, brackets, and hood in RAL 9010 white powder coat and RAL 7021 black grey finish as standard.
Wire DirectlyThis option allows the SmokeShield Elevator enclosure to be wired directly into an emergency back-up power source.
Custom powder coat available.