A new Smoke Relief Solution developed by Safetyline Jalousie for their louvre windows is enabling Australian architects to meet compliance requirements in building design.

Constantly challenged to deliver sophisticated building designs that comply with a host of building codes, architects often prefer to use louvre windows for aesthetic, ventilation and sustainability purposes. However, very few louvre window systems are designed to meet the many building codes and standards, especially with regard to smoke and fire.

The inability to source a fire-rated louvre window system often leads to architects abandoning the idea of specifying louvre windows in their projects.

Safetyline Jalousie has now developed a Smoke Relief Solution that meets Australian fire and smoke standards, thereby filling a significant gap in the market. Developed following years of collaboration, innovation, and experience working with automation and control specialists at EBSA, this unique Smoke Relief Solution from Safetyline Jalousie comprises of four major components: louvres, drives, cabling, and controls, which interface with the fire indicator panel (FIP) and building management system (BMS). The automation hardware is certified to EN12101 (ISO21927).

Safetyline Jalousie recommends their Smoke Relief Solution for the following purposes:

Natural Smoke Relief/Exhaust

The louvre windows automatically open and let out smoke naturally from the building in the event of smoke or fire.

Make-Up Air to a Mechanical Exhaust

Buildings are equipped with large exhaust fans that operate in tandem with the opening of the louvre windows.

Stairwell Pressurisation

Louvres will open on the relevant floor to allow air to exit the stairwell.

Highlights of the Smoke Relief Solution

The ISO certified electronics inside the drives can be programmed to open and/or close the louvre windows based on a range of triggers. The control panel has a failsafe design with 72-hour failsafe battery backup, so that the system continues to function even if the building loses power. All components including cables are monitored for faults.

Projects installing the Safetyline Jalousie louvre window system as part of their smoke and fire management plan include 1 Bligh Street, Sydney, The Cairns Institute, Serrata Apartments and CC Cares Facility.

Image: Serrata Apartments where the Safetyline Jalousie louvre window system has been installed as part of their smoke and fire management plan