With experience in working on many different project styles, we are happy to work with clients and architects to suggest control options based on the operation and use of the building. It is important that all operation is simple and straightforward – otherwise the shutters can be left in the raised position causing a security breach. Fire exits to the building are also required to have the shutters raised whenever the building is open, and this should be considered when reviewing the shutter control solution. Below are some typical examples of shutter operation for Healthcare, Community, Education and Commercial projects.

Healthcare

Healthcare buildings typically have multiple shutters across all ground floor doors and windows, operated by select users. With larger numbers of shutters, remote control operation is recommended, preventing users walking around the building every morning and evening to operate each shutter separately. Shutters installed to third party areas within the building require additional remote control units for each client.

The entrance shutter, along with any shutters to fire exit doors, are raised when opening the building via a single key switch by the entrance. The other shutters are then all raised together from the handheld remote control, for opening and closing the building. Individual shutter operation from the remote control allows the health centre personnel to request individual shutters to be lowered for blackout or privacy during the day.

Community

Community use buildings often have many different users that access the building and a handheld remote control unit is liable to get lost without a single person responsible.

Initially the entrance shutter is raised and lowered via an external key switch, this also operates shutters that are protecting fire exit doors. Once inside, a control solution could have secure controls, either a push button switch or a key switch, positioned on the wall adjacent to the light switch to each room; operating all shutters within that room. For buildings with large numbers of shutters a remote control unit should also be considered where the individual operation of the shutters may cause the shutters to be left in an insecure position when locking the building.

Education

Similar to healthcare buildings, schools typically have multiple shutters operated via select users and a handheld remote control unit is recommended.

The entrance shutter, along with any shutters to fire exit doors, are raised when opening the building via a single key switch by the entrance. All other shutters are raised and lowered together using the handheld remote control unit. In addition, each classroom has a push button switch that operates all shutters for that classroom, giving complete blackout to the room for watching videos.

Commercial

Commercial buildings are typically operated via multiple users and handheld remote control unit is liable to be mislaid.

Entrance shutters to the building are operated via an external key switch, which also operates the shutters to the fire escape doors. Once inside each room or office has an individual push button switch that operates all the shutters within the room. Alternatively, where larger numbers of shutters are involved, it is advisable to use the handheld remote control unit and designate usage to select personnel.

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