The Building Code of Australia allows the use of heat vents in buildings to expel heat in the event of an emergency under the building regulations. The use of heat vents provides extra time at floor level for occupants to evacuate the building. The location of heat vents is determined by engineers, and approved by the buildings surveyor/building certifier, who will nominate the heat vents in the building’s essential safety measures determination/ schedule/ schedule essential safety provisions.
Building Code of Australia
Part E3 Smoke Hazard Management references Specification E2.2b Smoke Exhaust Systems for compliance criteria relative to the installation of heat vents. AS 2665-2001 Smoke/ heat venting systems – Design, installation and commissioning is the nominated standard for compliance for building works involving heat vents.
The following photographs depict heat vents for installation in a building.