Commissioning Smoke Control Systems
Continuing Education Units (CEU): 0.10
Expected Duration: 1 Hour
This self-paced online course covers the basics of commissioning and periodic testing for smoke control systems. Since smoke control systems must be installed and approved before a building is actually constructed, commissioning and periodic testing have been required to increase the probability that smoke management systems will function as designed in the event of a fire.
Upon completion you should be able to:
- Identify the difference between smoke control commissioning and periodic testing
- Recognize key terms used in smoke control testing references and standards
- Be aware of some common smoke control commissioning and testing requirements
- Be familiar with basic smoke control system components
- Identify the instruments used in testing
- Be familiar with smoke control commissioning, testing, and documentation procedures
Who Will Benefit
Anyone whose job involves designing, reviewing, evaluating or installing fire protection systems, including: designers, installers, engineers, electrical contractors, technicians, project managers, fire marshals, and architects
- The commissioning of smoke control systems consists of multiple stages that can be performed during different phases of construction. Periodic testing is performed at a specified interval after commissioning is complete.
- A smoke control special inspection team can consist of multiple individuals that collective possess expertise in mechanical engineering, fire protection engineering, and certification as an air balancer.
- Common stages of commissioning are installation and component verification, equipment functional testing, sequence of operations testing, system performance testing, and demonstration testing.
- Multiple commercially available instruments and methods exist to measure volume flow, velocity, and pressure differentials. Be sure to select an instrument and method with the appropriate accuracy and measurement range suitable for the testing being conducted.
- Given the complexity of smoke management systems, using organized commissioning plans and tools such as a testing and inspection matrix aid in the success of the overall commissioning process.