Environmental remediation of fire damaged buildings

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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.

    Original languageBritish English
    Title of host publicationProceedings of Construction Congress VI
    Subtitle of host publicationBuilding Together for a Better Tomorrow in an Increasingly Complex World
    Pages445-454
    Number of pages10
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 2000
    EventConstruction Congress VI: Building Together for a Better Tomorrow in an Increasingly Complex World - Orlando, FL, United States
    Duration: 20 Feb 200022 Feb 2000

    Publication series

    NameProceedings of Construction Congress VI: Building Together for a Better Tomorrow in an Increasingly Complex World
    Volume278

    Conference

    ConferenceConstruction Congress VI: Building Together for a Better Tomorrow in an Increasingly Complex World
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CityOrlando, FL
    Period20/02/0022/02/00

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