Architectural Design and Indoor Microbial Pollution

Hardcover | January 1, 1994

EditorRuth B. Kundsin

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Chemical contaminants and other forms of indoor pollution have recently raised serious concern among occupational and environmental health workers, architects and engineers, and the Environmental Protection Agency and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Microbial pollutants inthe home pose major health risks to adults, children, and particularly the immuno-suppressed, while "sick building syndrome" is a reality for many office workers. This timely book presents an interdisciplinary exploration of these problems by examining the effects of modern, energy-efficientarchitecture on levels of microbial contamination in air and water supplies. With the common goal of constructing a microbiologically safe environment, the contributors represent the disciplines upon whose combined efforts a solution depends: systems engineering, medicine, microbiology,environmental hygiene, and architecture. Among the topics considered are methods of contamination control in heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems; the microbiologist's role --and the techniques used-- in evaluating the hygienic environment; and assessment of water systems used inhealth care facilities. Proposing methods for the elimination of the health problems discussed, the contributors stress the need for assessment of architectural design and subsequent preventive maintenance of buildings and their intricate heating and ventilating systems; and they show how poorbuilding design and location affects it occupants. Architectural Design and Indoor Microbial Pollution provides public health professionals, microbiologists, and architects with an authoritative resource for assuring our comfort and safety in the hospitals, homes, and workplaces we inhabit.

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Chemical contaminants and other forms of indoor pollution have recently raised serious concern among occupational and environmental health workers, architects and engineers, and the Environmental Protection Agency and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Microbial pollutants inthe home pose major health risks to adults, c...

Ruth B. Kundsin is at Harvard Medical School.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:328 pages, 8.54 × 5.83 × 0.94 inPublished:January 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195044363

ISBN - 13:9780195044362

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Table of Contents

1. Peter S. Hockaday: The Architect's Concern About Indoor Pollution2. Anita Highsmith: Water Systems Used in Health Care Facilities3. Philip Morey: Contribution of Structure to Environmental Pollution4. Ruth B. Kundsin: The Microbiologist's Role in Evaluating the Hygienic Environment5. James E. Woods: Heating, Ventilation, and Air-Conditioning Systems: The Engineering Approach to Methods of Control6. Carl W. Walter: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Methods of Control7. Drennan Lowell: Ultraviolet Irradiation and Laminar Air Flow During Total Joint Replacement8. T. Grace Emori: Architectural Design: Considerations for the Infection Control Practitioner9. Ruth B. Kundsin: Methods of Microbial Decontamination: Germicides, Electrostatic Precipators

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"Architectural Design and Indoor Microbial Pollution addresses the problems of construction and its relation to indoor microbial pollution. It presents and interdisciplinary exploration of the effects of modern, energy-efficient architecture on levels of microbial contamination in air andwater supplies . . . . An authoritative resource for assuring consumers health and safety in buildings." --Pollution Engineering