Smoke Control in Tall Buildings: Examining Best Practices

Smoke Control in Tall Buildings: Examining Best Practices

Modern tall buildings often contain hundreds if not thousands of occupants, effectively acting as small cities contained within a single structure. Smoke control is part of an integrated approach for safeguarding occupant and firefighter safety in these buildings, since one fire event can impact the entire structure if not adequately addressed according to the standard of care. Varying combinations of active and passive smoke management may be appropriate depending on the height of the building, occupancy, level of compartmentation, and types of intercommunicating spaces. Local regulations tied to firefighting operational procedures may also impact the specific approach and requirements for smoke control. In this webinar, we will discuss common types of smoke control systems and explore design approaches for integrating these systems.


After attending this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the types of smoke control that may be found in tall buildings.
  • Identify drivers for smoke control and corresponding strategies related to limiting smoke movement or eliminating smoke from spaces.
  • Recognize the differences between active smoke control and passive smoke control.
  • Discuss how smoke control can be effectively implemented to reduce the likelihood that a single point of failure will unduly endanger occupants in tall buildings.

Participants will earn 1.0 AIA CES Learning Unit (LU/HSW) for attending the live webinar. Registration is free. Please note that space is limited – email events@sgh.com to join our waitlist if the session is closed when you register. 

About the Speaker

Nathan Wittasek
Nathan Wittasek | Principal

Nate Wittasek has extensive experience working in the fire protection and regulatory arenas. He brings a practical approach to the fire protection engineering field that reflects his diverse training and experiences in academia, codes consulting for both new and existing facilities, performance-based fire protection engineering, sustainable design, wildland interface fire protection, and the fire service. His experience includes failure analysis, fire engineering, systems design, and building codes consulting for commercial and infrastructure projects in North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Nate has specialized in fire life safety systems and approaches that are used in assembly venues, tall buildings, cultural heritage facilities, and historic structures. He is a registered fire protection engineer in California, Florida, Idaho, Nevada, and Oregon and is a Certified Fire and Explosions Investigator. He sits on the Tall Building Fire Safety Network and chairs the NFPA 101/5000 Technical Committee on Fire Protection Features.