Why is the ventilation of car parks important?
The ventilation of car parks is important to prevent the build-up of toxic fumes and flammable gases from motor exhausts, and to clear smoke in the event of a fire. The Building Regulations (in particular Approved Document B and Approved Document F) specify what is required to maintain safe conditions in a car park. Further guidance is also given in BS 7346-7:2006.
Selection guide for car park ventilation systems
There are broadly two methods of complying with the Building Regulations regarding ventilation and these are natural or mechanical ventilation. Whichever method is used, the required results are defined as:
- Smoke clearance:
To provide sufficient openings for enclosed car parks to allow any smoke being produced to leave the space naturally, or if this cannot be achieved then to remove smoke via a mechanical extract system.
- Fume exhaust:
To provide sufficient openings arranged such that a through draught at low/mid level is created to allow CO to leave the car park naturally, or if this cannot be achieved then to limit the concentration of CO within the space via a mechanical extract system.
Simple, cost effective car park ventilation systems!
On a routine walk around of the SCS factory in Wimborne the Product Manager, Michael Washbourne noticed that all the panels being manufactured for car park ventilation systems are slightly different. That slight difference results in additional engineering costs for both the drawing and design stages. He wanted to work towards creating a standardised product that would reduce these costs for our customers.
The Easivent team then worked to simplify the procurement of car park ventilation control panels. The panels have since been launched online. By simplifying this element, it now allows the installer to select a panel ranging from 3.0kW to 1.0kW extraction fan supplies and add on the quantity of 1.5kW or 3.0kW jet/impulse fans. The engineering time of the ventilation control panel is reduced and the resulting cost reduction is passed onto the customer.
Accessories which work alongside these car park ventilation control panels such as Automatic Transfer Switches, CO detectors and fireman’s override switches are also available from the WebStore.