The Building Code of Australia Part E2 Smoke Hazard Management, clause E2.2 General Requirements, nominates the use of smoke dampers where air-handling ducts penetrate any elements separating fire compartments. Smoke dampers are also required in walls and floors requiring to be smoke proofed. Smoke dampers are always nominated as an essential safety measure by the building surveyor/ building certifier.
Building Code of Australia
Part E Smoke Hazard Management dictates the criteria for when smoke dampers must be installed and along with Specification E2.2a Smoke Detection and Alarm Systems which requires smoke dampers to close upon smoke being detected by a smoke detection system.
Smoke dampers are installed in buildings in accordance with AS/NZS 1668.1-19998 “The use of ventilation and air-conditioning in buildings – Fire and smoke control in multi-compartment buildings”.
The following photographs depict smoke dampers installed in mechanical ventilation equipment.