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Automatic Opening Vent systems (AOVs) are a ventilation solution that can be integrated into the structure of a building. When triggered by heat or smoke detectors, the windows open automatically, allowing for the natural ventilation of air and smoke. At A Plus Windows, we are the first suppliers in the UK to offer a complete AOV solution that is fully compliant with all current fire safety regulations, from design through to installation and maintenance.
Why choose an AOV system?
Every commercial and multiple occupancy building needs smoke vents, to channel smoke and harmful fumes out of the building in case of fire. An AOV smoke vent is automatic, as the name suggests. That means that it doesn’t rely on human intervention: as soon as smoke or heat is detected, the vent is opened. AOV windows can save lives by keeping escape routes free of smoke, preventing smoke inhalation and allowing the emergency services a clear and visible way through the building.
AOV systems can also provide natural ventilation when buildings get too hot, maintaining a comfortable environment with minimal intervention.
A ventilation solution for new-builds and existing buildings
Automatic opening vents are well-suited to new projects, which can be planned to allow builders to integrate a vent into the structure of a building. But AOV systems can also be fitted to existing projects as part of an integrated fire safety or smoke control solution. Contact us to find out more about installing AOV windows into an older commercial or residential building.
Maintaining a compliant building
We often hear about compliance when it comes to smoke ventilation products, but complying with the necessary building regulations and fire safety legislation isn’t always straightforward. From the design of the product to the subsequent installation and regular maintenance, there are a number of different hoops to jump through in order to meet all the relevant safety requirements.
At A Plus Windows, we’re one of the first companies in the UK to offer a complete solution that is tested at every step of the way. Our products are guaranteed to be legally compliant with all relevant regulations, including Building Regulations Approved Document B, European Standard EN12101 and British Standard BS7346-8. We work with fire security experts Silver Group and ventilation specialists SE Controls to ensure that our AOV systems cover all the bases, so you can be sure your ventilation system is fully fire safe.
Every component of our AOV smoke vents is fully compliant, from the actuators that open the vents, to the windows themselves. Our aluminium windows are durable, attractive and resistant to high temperatures. As you’d expect, they carry BSI kitemarks to guarantee their quality, and are fully compliant with EN12101-2.
Installation and maintenance
Our partners at Silver Group are Certified Installers of AOV systems, and as part of our AOV provision we offer regular smoke vent maintenance, and an emergency call-out repair service. So if you’re looking for a complete smoke vent solution, contact us and we’ll take care of it, from start to finish.