Architectural Design and Indoor Microbial Pollution

Architectural Design and Indoor Microbial Pollution

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The problem of indoor pollution has raised concern among occupational and environmental health workers, architects, and engineers involved in the heating and ventilation of buildings. To date, most of the attention has focused on chemical contaminants. This monograph opens up a new aspect of the subject, by examining the effects of modern, energy-efficient architectural design on levels of microbial contamination inside buildings, particularly office buildings and hospitals. It discusses how, badly designed, poorly located, or badly maintained heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems can become breeding grounds for fungi, bacteria, and other micro-organisms, thereby causing and facilitating the transmission of airborne diseases to the building's occupants. Architectural Design and Indoor Microbial Pollution is based on an interdisciplinary seminar held by the American Society of Microbiology.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 328 pages
  • 147.6 x 217.4 x 23.4mm | 721.59g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 101 figures and 27 tables
  • 0195044363
  • 9780195044362

Table of contents

Carl W. Walter: Ventilation and disease; Peter S. Hockaday: The architect's concern about indoor pollution; Philip R. Morey: Experience on the contribution of structure to environmental pollution; Anita K. Highsmith: Water in health care facilities; Ruth B. Kundsin: The microbiologist's role in evaluating the hygienic environment; James E. Woods & Dean R. Rask: Heating, ventilation, air-conditioning systems: the engineering approach to methods of control; J. Drennan Lowell & Susan H. Pierson: Ultraviolet irradiation and laminar air flow during total joint replacement; Richard L. Riley: Ultraviolet air disinfection for control of respiratory contagion; Andrew J. Streifel: Aspergillosis and construction; James C. Feeley: Legionellosis: risk associated with building design; Stephen C. Frantz: Architecture and commensal vertebrate pest management; Edward A. Nardell: The application of ultraviolet air disinfection to the control of tuberculosis in a shelter for the homeless.show more