Smoke and fire are always dangerous. But a large, open space like an atrium, concert hall, or arena is especially vulnerable. Without an effective smoke management strategy, upper levels and means of egress can quickly fill with smoke and inhibit evacuation.
CPP’s engineers are experts in both outdoor winds and indoor air flow. Using state-of-the-art methods, we identify vulnerabilities to smoke and fire and deliver solutions that minimize risk efficiently and protect occupant safety.
Because smoke inhalation is the leading cause of death among victims of indoor fires, predicting smoke behavior within a space is crucial to designing effective smoke management systems. CPP’s engineers combine analytic tools and computational simulations to predict where smoke will go and how quickly it will accumulate. Such information helps architects and engineers design spaces that are functional and safe.
Even the best smoke management systems can be seriously hampered by a strong wind coming from the wrong direction. Our engineers use wind tunnel testing and local climate data to identify the wind conditions to which your building is vulnerable and how often these conditions are likely to occur. This critical information lets you plan ahead and reduce risks to life and property.
Smoke management strategies
Because smoke naturally rises on the column of hot air generated by a fire, buildings sometimes take advantage of this natural buoyancy to drive smoke toward exhausts. Such natural ventilation approaches can be very effective, but understanding the external wind effects is essential to ensure that natural ventilation actually works. Even if your building ultimately relies on mechanical systems to remove smoke, taking advantage of prevailing wind conditions may reduce the energy or equipment needed. We study the unique challenges your building faces and recommend smoke removal systems that ensure safety and save money.
Contact CPP today and let our talented team and years of experience ensure that your next project is safe, comfortable, and efficient.