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Online Seminar - Smoke Control Essentials

Day 1 – Tuesday May 25 from 11am-2pm
Day 2 – Thursday May 27 from 11am -2pm

Day 3 – Tuesday June 1 from 11am-2pm
Day 4 – Wednesday June 2 from 11am-2pm
Day 5 – Thursday June 3 from 11am-2pm

All of live sessions are recorded and provided to the attendees in the course. If you are unable to watch the live session you will be able to go back and watch the recorded sessions up to 1 month after last session. Once you complete all of the course content, survey, and quiz, you will be provided your PDH certificate.


Smoke control is an essential part of many effective and innovative fire strategies for buildings and structures around the world. Through case studies, interactive lectures, and small teams working through practical examples, this course provides the fundamentals concepts and principles needed to effectively design state-of-the-art systems – the focus is on practical design. Topics include smoke control design strategies and analysis techniques for: stairwell pressurization, elevator smoke control, zoned smoke control, and systems for atria and large spaces.

Learning Outcomes
After completing this seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe basic fire dynamics and other factors that influence smoke movement
  • Describe the four basic smoke control methods, understand key design considerations for these very different methods, and understand where and how to apply each method
  • Understand the basic code requirements for high-rise buildings, atrium spaces, covered malls, and underground structures
  • Apply smoke control principles to develop conceptual pressurization systems designs (stair pressurization, elevator pressurization and zoned systems)
  • Apply smoke control principles to develop conceptual designs for Atrium and other large spaces
  • Understand basics principles of systems controls, system testing, integrated testing, and special inspection 


This course has been developed for engineers, designers, inspectors, and plans reviewers that develop, review, commission, or approve smoke control systems. Beginner and seasoned professionals will benefit from the depth and breadth of this course.


Number of Modules
The course includes the following modules:
Module 0: Introductions
Module 1: Fundamentals
Module 2: Pressurization Systems
Module 3: Exhaust and Velocity Systems
Module 4: Controls, Integration, and Testing
Module 5: Atrium Practical Example

References w/edition:
Handbook of Smoke Control Engineering (ASHRAE, 2012) (Required)
NFPA 92: Standard for Smoke Control Systems (NFPA, 2018)
International Building Code, (ICC, 2018)

Course Assessment
Participants will be assessed via a written test upon completion of the course. A passing score of 70% and completed survey will be required to obtain a Certificate of Completion.

Earn Valuable PDHs 

Participants will receive 15 PDHs. A Certificate of Attendance will be awarded.

Developed by: Jeffrey Tubbs, PE, FSFPE and Jim Quiter, PE, FSFPE