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Environmental remediation of fire damaged buildings

Environmental remediation of fire damaged buildings
Environmental remediation of fire damaged buildings
The potentialpresence of indoor air pollutants in fire?damaged buildings stemming primarily from fire soot deposits, raises major environmental concerns in relation to potential long term health impacts on building occupants. Litigation claims often occur as a result of perceived ineffective remedial activities and the potential risk hazards of indoor air quality after the remediation is completed. This paper describes environmental remediation activities at an office building in the China Basin district of the City of San Francisco following a fire accident at a nearby wharf, which severely damaged the building. Based on an air quality sampling and chemical analysis program, a health?based risk assessment was conducted to evaluate the health effects of indoor air quality on building occupants. The risk assessment consisted of a toxicity definition of measured indoor air pollutants and an exposure assessment including the characterization of the exposure setting, the identification of exposure pathways, and the quantification of exposure. The results of the exposure assessment are combined with chemical?specific toxicity information to characterize the potential health risks at fire?damaged buildings
0-7844-0475-5
American Society of Civil Engineers
El-Fadel, Mutasem
6206783b-f040-458f-90b6-2cb2c361d7ae
Walsh, Kenneth D.
El-Fadel, Mutasem
6206783b-f040-458f-90b6-2cb2c361d7ae
Walsh, Kenneth D.

El-Fadel, Mutasem (2000) Environmental remediation of fire damaged buildings. Walsh, Kenneth D. (ed.) In Proceedings of Construction Congress VI: Building Together for a Better Tomorrow in an Increasingly Complex World. American Society of Civil Engineers.. (doi:10.1061/40475(278)48).

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Abstract

The potentialpresence of indoor air pollutants in fire?damaged buildings stemming primarily from fire soot deposits, raises major environmental concerns in relation to potential long term health impacts on building occupants. Litigation claims often occur as a result of perceived ineffective remedial activities and the potential risk hazards of indoor air quality after the remediation is completed. This paper describes environmental remediation activities at an office building in the China Basin district of the City of San Francisco following a fire accident at a nearby wharf, which severely damaged the building. Based on an air quality sampling and chemical analysis program, a health?based risk assessment was conducted to evaluate the health effects of indoor air quality on building occupants. The risk assessment consisted of a toxicity definition of measured indoor air pollutants and an exposure assessment including the characterization of the exposure setting, the identification of exposure pathways, and the quantification of exposure. The results of the exposure assessment are combined with chemical?specific toxicity information to characterize the potential health risks at fire?damaged buildings

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Published date: 2000
Venue - Dates: Construction Congress VI: Building Together for a Better Tomorrow in an Increasingly Complex World, United States, 2000-02-20 - 2000-02-22

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Local EPrints ID: 74323
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/74323
ISBN: 0-7844-0475-5
PURE UUID: e4331c08-2270-437e-b84f-6433d219be82

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Date deposited: 11 Mar 2010
Last modified: 19 Jul 2019 23:39

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Author: Mutasem El-Fadel
Editor: Kenneth D. Walsh

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