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Labs21 Workshop: Managing Contamination Risk – A Look at Building Designs and HVAC Systems

Monday, October 16
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Ensuring a secure, safe facility can be challenging, especially in the face of complex interactions related to heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and cross contamination. This highly successful half-day workshop explored how building design and HVAC systems can protect occupants in the event of the release of a chemical or biological agent and how such practices meet the goals of Labs21.

This workshop presented issues related to the physical and human response characteristics of various chemical and biological agents. Topics included: a discussion on design strategies, filtration technologies, and HVAC systems, and included discussions on “Shelter In Place” - areas of refuge in the event of a release. Attendees were also presented with performance-based rating criteria to assess facility effectiveness.

Panel Presentations:

Building Protection Against Chemical and Biological Terrorism
Dr. H. Singh, Center for Energy Research & Technology (CERT) North Carolina A&T State University

Building Vulnerability and Protection against Chemical and Biological Agents Workshop
Mr. Barney Burroughs, Building Wellness Consultancy, Inc.

HVAC System Design and Operating Issues for Chemical and Biological Attack
Dr. Jim Jones, Virginia Tech


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