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Smoke Control Guidance

The guidance developed by the Smoke Control Association (SCA), which was first published in November 2010, provides details and gives recommendations on the design of smoke control systems in apartment buildings that are not covered in other standards or codes of practice. It also makes a significant contribution to improved understanding of smoke control systems. This consultation closed on 12 December 2014.

Objectives of the consultation

The statutory guidance of Approved Document B and supporting guidance of British Standards BS 5588 parts 1 & 5, and BS 9999 provide guidance on prescriptive methods of smoke control in common escape routes of apartment buildings, but they do not give guidance for performance based solutions.

The Guidance on Smoke Control to Common Escape Routes in Apartment Buildings (Flats and Maisonettes), developed by the Smoke Control Association (SCA), sets out the information and parameters that the designer should incorporate into the design when using calculations and/or CFD models. It also provides recommendations to designers on the information to be provided to the approving authority, within their package of supporting information, when submitting the calculations or CFD model for information and/or approval of design intent.

Supporting papers

To download the draft guidance and the commenting template please follow the links below.

CIBSE response

CIBSE did not submit a response to this consultation as there were no significant comments from CIBSE Members.

Results of the consultation and next steps

The SCA is reviewing comments and plan to publish the final version of the guidance in early 2015.