ASHRAE '04 Technical Program to Examine Building Safety
- Modeling the Dispersion of Chemical or Biological Contaminants. This two-part seminar will take place from 8-10 a.m. Sunday, January 25, and 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Monday, January 26. Since September 11, there has been greater awareness of the threat that chemical and biological agents pose, along with greater emphasis on the modeling of potential impacts of a release. This seminar presents results from modeling techniques, with presenters showing how modeling assists in the understanding of the level of impact, the design of safety systems, threat assessments and mitigation procedures when agents are released.
- Post 9/11 Impact on HVAC, 8-8:50 a.m., Sunday, January 25. Attendees of this forum will discuss issues associated with how buildings, particularly HVAC systems, can respond to terrorist activities. This response can be in the form of detection, mitigation and/or decontamination. "Terrorist activities on September 11, as well as others, strongly suggest that buildings and occupants are vulnerable to such low-probability, high-impact events," Dean Tompkins, moderator, said.
- How Should 9/11 Change Smoke Control Design for Tall Buildings, 10:15-11:05 a.m., Tuesday, January 27. The events of 9/11 placed tall building design under greater scrutiny, with much of the concern focused on structural, egress construction, and bioterrorism. Another issue related to tall building safety is smoke control systems. Attendees of the forum will discuss what changes should be made to such systems.