Simplifying the assessment of building vulnerability to chemical, biological and radiological releases

TitleSimplifying the assessment of building vulnerability to chemical, biological and radiological releases
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsTracy L Thatcher, Emily E Wood, Eve Edelson, Richard G Sextro
InstitutionLawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Abstract

The intentional or accidental release of airborne chemical, biological, or radiological materials can pose a significant threat to the health of building occupants. Pre-planning and emergency response measures, such as HVAC system manipulation and sheltering during an event, can significantly reduce the exposure of building occupants. A straightforward and comprehensive vulnerability assessment methodology is an essential tool for assisting building managers and operators in preparing for airborne hazards.