What is SDI 19?

SDI 19 is the new certification scheme developed by the Smoke Control Association (SCA) in partnership with IFC Certification.

Why was SDI 19 Created?

The certification was created to help raise standards across the industry, and to ensure a suitable level of competency is a maintained in all aspects of smoke control systems. SDI 19 also covers a contractor’s ability to provide necessary levels of service and maintenance following installation and commissioning to keep in line with the type and size of the building in question.

Contractors certified under the scheme will be suitable experienced in fire strategy, system design, installation and commissioning of smoke control systems in accordance with the below industry guidance documents and standards:

Approved Document B, Approved Document B NI, Technical Handbook, BS9999, BS9991, BS7346 Parts 4,5,7 & 8, BS8519, BS8524, EN12101:6, Technical Reports 12101-4&5, SCA Guidance Documents.

It is now mandatory for any SCA member involved in the installation of smoke control systems to achieve SDI 19 accreditation as a condition of membership.

When it comes to ensuring the safety and compliance of buildings, particularly regarding smoke and heat ventilation, understanding and implementing the SDI 19 standard is crucial. SDI 19 sets out the guidelines for designing and installing automatic opening ventilators (AOVs) that are essential for maintaining safe environments in case of fire. AOVs play a critical role in smoke control, helping to keep escape routes clear, reduce smoke inhalation risks, and protect property from smoke damage.

SDI 19 Certificated AOV Systems by Paul Evans Architectural

One of the leading companies in this field is Paul Evans Architectural, known for their expertise in AOV manufacturing and offering complete AOV turnkey solutions. Their comprehensive approach ensures that all aspects of AOV installation are covered, from initial design and consultation to manufacturing and final installation. This end-to-end service guarantees that all systems are tailored to meet specific building requirements while adhering to the SDI 19 standards.

Paul Evans Architectural stands out not only for their high-quality products but also for their commitment to providing bespoke solutions that meet the unique needs of each project. Their team of experts works closely with clients to understand the particular demands of each building, ensuring that the AOV systems are not only compliant with SDI 19 but also optimised for maximum efficiency and safety.

The importance of compliance with SDI 19 cannot be overstated. This standard ensures that AOVs are reliable and effective in managing smoke and heat during a fire, thereby protecting occupants and minimising damage. By choosing a company like Paul Evans Architectural, building owners and managers can have confidence that their AOV systems are designed and installed to the highest standards.

Please see our AOV section for more details on our AOV systems.

AOV window for smoke control build to SCA IFC SDI 19, the new certification scheme developed by the Smoke Control Association (SCA) in partnership with IFC Certification


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