Smoke Control Tests at the Plaza Hotel in Washington, DC.
Smoke Control Tests at the Plaza Hotel in Washington,
Klote, J. H.
U.S./Japan Government Cooperative Program on Natural
Resources (UJNR). Fire Research and Safety. 11th Joint
Panel Meeting. October 19-24, 1989, Berkeley, CA,
Jason, N. H.; Cramer, D. M., Editor(s)(s), 173-180 pp,
Available from: National Technical Information Service
hotels; smoke control; tests; high rise buildings; wood;
pressurization; fans; experiments
In the spring of 1989, a series of full scale fire
experiments of zoned smoke control were conducted at the
seven story Plaza Hotel in Washington, DC. A zoned
smoke control system is a system that uses
pressurization produced by fans to restrict smoke flow
to the zone of fire origin. The benefit of these
systems is that other5 zones in the building remain
essentially "smoke free" reducing property loss and
hazard to life. No zoned smoke control system has been
tested under real fire conditions either by a research
effort or an accidental fire. However, fire experiments
of smoke control systems for stairwells and elevators
have been conducted.