Smoke & Natural Ventilation with the use of Actuators
One of the main reasons to automate windows is that of convenience. Not all windows are located at reachable height and may need a pole to operate, in some larger rooms and corridors many windows may need to be opened, so clearly an automated solution is preferable. On securing premises in the evening, automated systems can ensure all windows are closed prior to setting alarm systems. Other benefits can include ‘night time cooling’ strategies, when premises may not be occupied, and an automated solution can operate above ground windows on a time switch basis.
The integration of automated windows into a complete building management system can ensure the most efficient use of energy.
It is crucial that the ventilation strategy is decided at the outset of the design process. By adopting either a completely natural ventilated solution or a hybrid mixed Mode solution with mechanical cooling for in only the harshest of weather conditions, can significantly reduce a buildings running costs.
How do we achieve the ‘automation’?
A window ‘actuator’ is usually an electrical device which is placed on the leading edge of a window to open and close a window to various degrees as required. These come in Three basic types, a ‘chain’ actuator, a ‘rack and pinion’actuator and a ‘linear’ actuator.
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