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11 november 2012

Air Pollution from Building to Building

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Courtesy of Concordia University,
Wind tunnel lab where Professor Ted Stathopoulos conducts experiments

Air pollution is how many people became environmentally aware in the 1960’s and early 1970’s.  Then came sick-building syndrome, and many people thought twice about the environments they were working, and sometimes living in.  Now, another kind of air pollution is in need of attention. 

Ted Stathopoulos, a professor in the Department of Building Civil & Environmental Engineering of Concordia University, explains how the smell of a hamburger made him aware of this new challenge;  that designing buildings without any thought to the other surrounding structures, can cause a lot of problems.

Now he and Bodhisatta Hajra are working on new design standards and guidelines, to update those set down by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers.  This is the international technical society that sets the rules for building ventilation.

Carmel Kilkenny spoke with Professor Stathopoulos about his work:

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