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Natural Ventilation Benefits

Lower Building Construction Costs
Naturally ventilated buildings are less expensive to construct than mechanically ventilated buildings. The extra building improvement costs required to provide natural ventilation are more than off-set reduction by a reduction in the cost for engineering services. As a rule of thumb, naturally ventilated buildings cost about 10 - 15% less to construct than their air-conditioned equivalents.

Lower Building Operating Costs
Naturally ventilated buildings are generally less expensive to run than air-conditioned buildings. In addition to a significant reduction in energy consumption, maintenance costs are also lower due to the reduced complexity of natural ventilation products when compared to traditional mechanical systems.

Increased Health & Productivity
Surveys have shown that people prefer a work environment that has fresh air and natural daylight. Employees feel better and are more alert and productive in a naturally ventilated and climate controlled environment.

Reduced Environmental Impact
Naturally ventilated buildings have a smaller environmental impact over buildings that strictly use mechanical climate control. Natural ventilation reduces a building’s energy demand (particularly electrical) and lowers the emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other byproducts that contribute to global warming.

Better Long Term Investment
Buildings constructed to environmentally sensitive principles are good long-term investments as environmental controls and legislation are likely to increase in the future.

Life Safety
Natural ventilation is also used in place of mechanical systems to provide emergency smoke ventilation in large volume spaces such as atria. Smoke ventilation allows occupants to escape safely in the event of a fire, minimizes costly smoke and heat damage to building contents, and increases visibility to aid firefighting efforts.

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Smoke and Fire Curtains
Smoke & Fire Curtain Benefits

Fire Safety
Smoke and fire curtains control the movement of smoke and heat during a fire to assist firefighting efforts and to minimize costly smoke and heat. Products are also used to protect valuables or equipment in a building and are available with a 3-hour fire rating.

Life Safety
Smoke and fire curtains protect emergency exit routes such as hallways, elevator shafts, or escalators, to allow building occupants to escape safely in the event of a fire.

Design Flexibility
Fire protection does not need to be unsightly or interfere with the flow of a building design. Unlike traditional fire doors, smoke and fire curtains are completely hidden in the ceiling until they are needed. A simple signal from a fire alarm or detection device deploys the curtains to the fully lowered position.

Lower Building Construction Costs
Smoke and fire curtains are generally less expensive than traditional fire doors and are faster and easier to install. Products are fabricated to custom sizes to meet any application or fire protection requirement.