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New Publication Extends Comprehensive Treatment of Smoke Control

ATLANTA – A new handbook providing comprehensive treatment of smoke control technology is now available.

Published by ASHRAE in cooperation with the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), the International Code Council (ICC) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the “Handbook of Smoke Control Engineering” extends the tradition of the comprehensive treatment of smoke control technology, including fundamental concepts, smoke control systems, and methods of analysis. The handbook provides information needed for the analysis of design fires, including considerations of sprinklers, shielded fires and transient fuels. It is also extremely useful for practicing engineers, architects, code officials, researchers and students.

Following the success of “Principles of Smoke Management” in 2002, this new book incorporates the latest research and advances in smoke control practice into 24 chapters with more than 500 pages of in-depth guidance. New topics in the handbook are: controls, fire and smoke control in transport tunnels and full-scale fire testing. For those getting started with the computer models CONTAM and CFAST, there are simplified instructions with examples. This is the first smoke control book with climatic data so that users will have easy-to-use weather data specifically for smoke control design for locations in the U.S., Canada and throughout the world. The book builds on earlier publications from ASHRAE and SFPE.

“While serving as a useful tool to practicing engineers, it also is useful to other engineers, architects and code officials,” co-author John H. Klote, D.Sc., P.E., said. “Because the book addresses the principles of how smoke control systems function, it will be useful to engineers throughout the world.”

“The ‘Handbook of Smoke Control Engineering’ is a must-have reference for anyone involved in the design of smoke management systems,” Morgan Hurley, P.E., SFPE technical director, said.  “This was changed from its previous textbook format into a handbook format to make it more useful to practicing engineers.  Also, authors of the earlier books have enlisted the help of new co-authors for this edition, which increases the breadth of the handbook.”

“Many of today’s fire protection and life safety systems incorporate smoke managements systems,” Christian Dubay, P.E., vice president and chief engineer, NFPA, said. “As buildings become more complex the requirements of smoke management systems must adjust to ensure that the intended design objectives are met.  The ‘Handbook of Smoke Control Engineering’ ensures that engineers and designers have the most up to date and technically relevant information at their fingertips.”

“A critical safety feature of today’s modern buildings, the design of smoke control systems, can be challenging and often requires collaboration between various project design teams. Where a smoke control system is required by the International Building Code® (or other codes and standards), the ‘Handbook of Smoke Control Engineering’ provides team members with the tools and information needed to effectively and accurately design and construct such systems,” Hamid Naderi, ICC’s senior vice president for product development, said.

The cost of “Handbook of Smoke Control Engineering” is $129 ($109, ASHRAE members). To order, contact ASHRAE Customer Contact Center at 1-800-527-4723 (United States and Canada) or 404-636-8400 (worldwide), fax 404-321-5478, or visit www.ashrae.org/bookstore.

ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a building technology society with more than 50,000 members worldwide. The Society and its members focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability within the industry. Through research, standards writing, publishing and continuing education, ASHRAE shapes tomorrow’s built environment today.

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