RTM Engineering Consultants hosted its second webinar in a broadcast series aimed at educating the architecture and commercial real estate community on new engineering processes and best practices. This month’s session focused on the design elements relevant to MEP/FP systems necessary to allow elevators to operate properly in all conditions.
Urbanization continues to be a trend and building taller structures requires architectural teams to design vertical transportation systems that move occupants safely and efficiently.
Presenter Ryan Murphy, RTM project engineer, delved into topics including:
- Building height considerations as it relates to choosing an elevator type
- Newer fire protection codes are less focused on sprinkler systems and place more emphasis on fire-resistant and non-flammable construction
- Standby and emergency power requirements
A question from a listener is one that RTM MEP engineers often hear:
Q – Are smoke dampers required on the smoke pressurization ductwork?
A – “To some extent it makes sense that you would need to have smoke dampers on all elevator pressurization ductwork; however, if dampers close due to smoke inside the elevator shaft that would prevent the elevator pressurization system from working,” explained Murphy. “Because of this, we are required to keep all elevator pressurization ductwork within the fire enclosure for the elevator shaft. Ironically, no smoke dampers are permitted.”
To learn more about designing safe and efficient elevator systems, download our whitepaper, Top MEP Considerations When Designing for Elevator Systems.
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