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HVAC design consultants have long recognized the danger to life and damage to property that can be caused by fire and smoke spread throughout buildings in the event of an emergency.

Control measures for fire and smoke protection must be carefully integrated into the Building Management System in order to ensure maximum safety to the building and, most importantly, it’s occupants.

The automatic fire and smoke dampers that are incorporated into HVAC systems perform one of the most important tasks.

In an emergency situation they must operate immediately, and consistently, to prevent the spread of fire and smoke throughout the duct and any subsequent ingress into the building.

Secondary measures can then take effect in reopening the fire/smoke damper to allow smoke extraction to take place.

Fire and combined fire and smoke dampers are distinguished by their degree of fire resistance, which is of critical importance, and must be fully tested and certified by an independent suitably qualified organization.

Underwriter Laboratories (UL) are the most widely recognized global organization that provide this testing and certification facility.

Aire Technologies are at the forefront of innovative development, design and manufacture of dampers and associated controls, and have worked closely with Underwriters Laboratories to obtain a fully certified 1½ and 3 hour UL 555 rating on their extensive range of fire and combined fire and smoke dampers.

This extensive experience and ongoing development programme byAire Technologies ensures that Panashco HVAC are able to offer the widest selection of both static and dynamic, in both single and multi-section formats, fire and combined fire and smoke dampers available in the market today.

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