Smoke Control Measures

A smoke hazard management system (smoke control measures) is provided in a building to allow sufficient evacuation time for the occupants under fire and smoke conditions. Smoke and heat vents play an important part of a smoke control measures system, all being nominated by the building surveyor/building certifier in the essential safety measures determination/ schedule.

Building Code of Australia

Part E2 of the Building Code of Australia Smoke Hazard Management contains the provisions for a smoke control measures system (smoke control measures) and nominates the following Specifications for specific criteria:

  • Specification E2.2a Smoke Detection and Alarm Systems
  • Specification E2.2b Smoke-and-Heat Vents
  • Specification E.2.2c Smoke Exhaust Systems

Smoke control measures systems must be installed in accordance with AS/NZS 1668.1:1998 “The use of ventilation and air-conditioning in buildings – Fire and smoke control in multi compartment buildings”.

The following illustration depicts a smoke control measures system in a building over 25m high with multiple uses.

The following is a part extract of clause I1.1 for an Essential Safety Measure (as appeared in BCA 2013) known as smoke hazard management systems (smoke control systems):

Table I1.6 SAFETY MEASURES – BUILDING FIRE INTEGRITY

Safety Measures BCA Provision for Determining Standard of Performance
Smoke hazard management systems E2.2

Essential Safety Measures Audit – Smoke Control Measures

An essential safety measures auditor should check the smoke control measures system contractors logbook as required under AS 1851-2005 Maintenance of fire protection systems and equipment and report any deficiencies in smoke control measures inspecting, testing and maintenance in the building’s essential safety measures logbook to allow the signing of the Annual Statement, Annual Certificate Compliance, Annual Fire Safety Statement, Annual Maintenance Statement and Annual Occupiers Statement.