Emplas has launched a smoke-activated PVC-U window that opens in the event of a fire. The new product channels harmful smoke and gases away from corridors, stairs and lobbies, allowing building occupants to escape quickly and safely.
Designed for the commercial sector, Emplas’ range of natural smoke and heat exhaust ventilator (NSHEV) windows are made using the Optima profile from Epwin. The product is fully compliant with BS EN 12101-2, having been rigorously tested and accredited by SE Controls.
“Smoke is the number one killer in the event of a fire, and it is vital that buildings can respond quickly and automatically so that occupants can escape unharmed,” said Kush Patel, Emplas; managing director. “Working closely with commercial developers, we have designed top-hung, side-hung and bottom-hung variants, in a range of 28 colours and in a range of finishes, to suit a variety of applications.
“Producing these windows in PVC-U – rather than aluminium – gives our clients greater design flexibility while keeping costs to a minimum. We can also achieve U-values as low as 0.9W/m²K.”
Key to the NSHEV window’s design is its ability to open automatically in the event of a fire. “Our NSHEV windows require absolutely no human intervention for them to work when required,” Kush added. “We have had them fully tested by SE Controls to make sure they comply with the relevant standards. As a result, our NSHEV windows provide vital daylight, ventilation and smoke control in the event of a fire, giving building owners and occupants full confidence in their ability to perform.”
NSHEV windows are designed to protect occupants by preventing the excessive build up of smoke and noxious fumes that would obscure the view and cause suffocation. Fitted correctly, NSHEV windows from Emplas comply with BS EN 12101-2. Building owners are set to receive a Declaration of Performance once the windows are installed. For more information about Emplas and its window products, visit emplas.co.uk, email email@example.com or call 01933 674 880.