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Building Safety Featured In Journal Series · Sep 20, 2004

While ventilation is obviously critical with respect to chemical, biological and radiological (CBR) agents entering buildings, it can have positive and negative impacts. So the design and performance of ventilation systems must be considered before making changes in regard to CBR attacks, according to author of an upcoming article in ASHRAE Journal.

The article is the first of a series on homeland security, based on the presentations from an April 14 satellite broadcast held by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). More than 20,000 viewers at some 1,000 sites watched the broadcast, which was hosted by the ASHRAE Presidential Ad Hoc Committee on Homeland Security and funded through a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation in New York. Speakers discussed key issues related to building protection from chemical, biological and radiological attacks.

The article by Andrew Persily, Ph.D., National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, which focuses on ventilation and pressurization, will be published in September.

Other articles will be:
October – HVAC and refrigeration systems, William Coad, P.E., Coad Engineering Consulting, St. Louis, MO.
November – A summary of ASHRAE’s Risk Management Guidance for Health, Safety and Environmental Security Under Extraordinary Incidents, and building codes and standards, Lawrence Spielvogel, P.E., chair of the committee.
December – risks of biological agents used as biological weapons, Donald Henderson, M.D., former director of the Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness, a federal government office created to protect the public from acts of bioterrorism and other health emergencies.
January 2005 – filtration and air cleaning, H.E. ‘Barney’ Burroughs, Building Wellness Consultancy Inc., Alpharetta, GA.
February 2005 – personal protective systems, Ralph Goldman, Ph.D., Comfort Technology, Framingham, Mass.

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