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