Smokeshield® Elevator Smoke Containment SystemElevator Smoke Door
Model Number: ERF10
SmokeShield® Elevator Smoke Curtain
During a fire, elevator shafts become internal funnels. They draw smoke through a building and feed flames with oxygen. Occupants and property are at a greater risk without a smoke containment system. These tools effectively seal off hoistways, limiting harmful smoke infiltration.
Innovative Cornell engineers developed the SmokeShield® Elevator Smoke Curtain to prevent smoke and hot gases from entering elevator shafts. Our award-winning solution comes from almost a century of crafting fire safety and protection products.
A Reliable Elevator Smoke Curtain That Seals After Every Use
Elevator shafts are among the most vulnerable areas of a multistory structure in the event of a fire. Without effective smoke barriers installed, elevator shafts can quickly become funnels that allow smoke and dangerous gases to travel between floors, causing damage to the building and placing people at risk. The SmokeShield® Elevator smoke curtain prevents that from happening. This smoke curtain uses our patented GuideLock™ technology to seal the shaft after each cycle 100% of the time, containing smoke to the affected area to prevent damage.
What Is a Smoke Containment System?
Smoke containment systems — often called elevator smoke curtains — form part of a fire safety plan in multistory residential and commercial buildings. They automatically deploy in case of fire to prevent harm to occupants and reduce property damage.
Where Are Elevator Smoke Curtains Required?
The International Building Code (IBC) requires buildings with elevators to have methods for sealing them off in a fire. Solutions like SmokeShield Elevator ensure the construction of elevator lobbies that follow the IBC.
How Do Elevator Smoke Curtains Work?
Smoke curtains integrate with existing fire and smoke protection equipment. If the system detects a fire event, the curtains uncoil to hermetically seal off the elevator and its hoistway. This action provides a barrier to contain smoke and poisonous gases to a defined and limited area.
Emergency operation buttons are on both sides of the barrier so occupants and first responders can open the curtain when necessary. After opening, the curtain cycles to its sealed position again and remains there until alarms clear.
Why Use an Elevator Smoke Curtain Instead of Other Systems?
In a pressurization system, fans remove smoke from the building to allow safer occupant evacuation. A second method incorporates an elevator lobby with accordion-style doors to contain smoke or fire and prevent their spread to other parts of the building. Design costs for these systems can mount quickly.
IBC and Industry Compliant Protection From Smoke and Gases
SmokeShield® complies with the International Building Code (IBC) 2003-2018 and saves money from constructing a separate lobby. Mount it directly to wood, drywall, or masonry for a seamless installation. You can customize the guides and header so they complement or contrast your existing architecture.
Our innovative design also meets the ICC-ES AC-77 guidelines and carries UL 325, UL 1784, and ASTME 864 listings. Plus, it complies with California's rigid building standards. SmokeShield has received approval from the California State Fire Marshal and the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development under a registered application.
Benefits of the Cornell SmokeShield Elevator Hoistway Closure
Our SmokeShield® Elevator smoke curtain is versatile, compliant and customizable to match your space. These hoistway closures offer additional benefits you can take advantage of, including:
- Flexible dimensions: As a smoke curtain manufacturer, we build each SmokeShield® Elevator to order in your requested size. These elevator shaft enclosures fit openings up to 12 feet high by 12 feet wide and, when retracted, store in less than 10 inches, taking up minimal room.
- Battery backups: All of our SmokeShield® Elevator smoke curtains come with battery backup to ensure continued operation during a loss of power. You can also wire directly to an emergency backup power source.
- Intuitive operation: The SmokeShield® Elevator provides an effective seal, and with a highly transparent design, EMTs and firefighters can quickly assess the hallway environment. This closure also has colorful graphics that make it easy for first responders and evacuees to operate the system.
Request a Free Quote for Elevator Shaft Smoke Curtains
Access our Architect Portal for expert design tools and professional support to create your custom SmokeShield® Elevator smoke curtains. For additional assistance, visit your nearest Cornell dealer or contact us directly by sending us a message or calling (800) 233-8366.
Our smoke containment system is UL-listed to protect shafts to 12 feet high and 12 feet wide. Its compact size takes up less than 10 inches of headroom, making it the smallest containment solution currently on the market.
This product is only for use in an emergency. The integrated battery has enough capacity to cycle the system for up to 10 hours during a power disruption.
Standard Materials & Finishes
The SmokeShield Elevator comes with extruded aluminum guides with steel brackets, bottom bars, and hoods with a standard RAL 9010 white powder coat finish and RAL 7021 black grey finish.
Our SmokeShield solution engages when the fire monitoring system sends an alert signal. The curtain-mounted switch reopens the door. A 10-hour battery backup ensures available power during an outage, and the curtain can also lift via an ADA-compliant emergency strap on the bottom.