CHANTILLY, Va.  The Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA), an organization dedicated to the sheet metal and air conditioning industry, announced the sixth edition of its Fire, Smoke, and Radiation Damper Installation Guide for HVAC Systems is now available. The 6th edition has been updated from the 2002 edition and includes updated ICC/UMC/NFPA code references and expanded guideline notes as to the details of damper installation. This edition provides clarity on the responsibilities of the designers, engineers, contractors, manufacturers, and local code authorities regarding fire and smoke damper systems. New information is provided on the mandatory requirements for fire/smoke damper inspection, testing, and servicing.

The updated 144-page standard was revised to provide contractors, designers, and facility owners with the information they need to apply effective and efficient solutions to their projects. 

“The work our members do with fire and smoke damper systems can literally save lives, so there is no better time than National Fire Prevention Month for us to release the sixth edition of this standard,” said Aaron Hilger, SMACNA’s chief executive officer. “SMACNA continues to develop and provide engineering and the design community with guidance for damper systems, resulting in successful and cost-effective installation, with a greater understanding of the various roles different parties must play in designing, installing, maintaining, and inspecting these life-saving systems.” 

SMACNA standards and manuals address all facets of the sheet metal and HVAC industry — including duct construction and installation, indoor air quality, energy recovery, roofing and architectural sheet metal, welding, and commissioning and advancements are made possible by those in the industry who provide suggestions for improvement based on knowledge, experience, and research. Materials, including the latest edition of the Fire, Smoke, and Radiation Damper Installation Guide for HVAC Systems, are available to order in book or PDF format via SMACNA’s online bookstore