Natural Smoke Ventilation

This is covered quite extensively in Approved Document B (2006). It states as follows:

Smoke control of common escape routes by natural smoke ventilation:

In simple buildings, the corridor or lobby adjoining the stair should be provided with a vent. The vent from the corridor/lobby should be located as high as practicable and such that the top edge is at least as high as the top of the door to the stair. There should also be a vent, with a free area of at least 1.0m2, from the top storey of the stairway to the outside. In single stair buildings the smoke vents on the fire floor and at the head of the stair should be actuated by means of smoke detectors in the common access space providing access to the flats.

In buildings with more than one stair the smoke vents may be actuated manually (and accordingly smoke detection is not required for ventilation purposes). However, where manual actuation is used, the control system should be designed to ensure that the vent at the head of the stair will be opened either before, or at the same time, as the vent on the fire floor.

Vents should either:

For additional and impartial advice or guidance on your smoke ventilation requirements please feel free to contact us about meeting the requirements of either the Approved Document B or Scottish Technical Handbook.

The above is only guidance, for assistance please contact us.