Malls, sprinklers and smoke : is smoke in a shopping mall atrium more of a problem than we bargained for? Recent tests have been looking at the concerns

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TypeArticle
Journal titleCanadian Consulting Engineer
Volume43
IssueMay 3
Pages2324; # of pages: 2
SubjectSprinklers; Atriums
AbstractIn North America, it has generally been assumed that communicating spaces connected to an atrium or mall are sprinklered and, as a result, the sprinklers will effectively limit the size of a fire in the adjoining space. As a result, engineering design guides for smoke management systems such as NFPA 92B [1] have assumed that the smoke will have minimal effect in the atrium or mall space. However, the design guides do allow for smoke management designs in which the smoke is allowed to spill into the atrium space. With the introduction of performance-based designs for fire protection systems, there has been increasing need to address the potential effects of the smoke in the atrium or mall.
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LanguageEnglish
AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
Peer reviewedNo
NRC number45665
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NPARC number20378734
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Record created2012-07-24
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