Building Materials: Product Emission and Combustion Health Hazards

1st Edition

Kathleen Hess-Kosa

CRC Press
Published April 14, 2017
Reference - 324 Pages - 120 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781498714938 - CAT# K25315

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    • Provides a single source for most building material health hazards with uniform chapter format for comparing technologies.
    • Sheds light on obscure research revelations with helpful and useful design, figures, and tables.
    • Serves as a pre- and post- construction guide to potential materials emission and combustion health hazards that one might anticipate prior to, during, and after construction.
    • Discusses thermal degradation and environmental leaching along with failure modes of building materials.
    • Includes up-to-date information from an expert in indoor air quality.



    The construction industry is bombarded with ever-changing building materials—components of which are more and more difficult, if not impossible, to identify. Building material emissions have been implicated as a major source of indoor air pollution, and toxic gases, often unidentified, are generated in building fires.

    Building Materials: Product Emission and Combustion Health Hazards undertakes the task of identifying building materials emission and combustion health hazards. This practical guide introduces the complex world of polymers commonly used in building materials along with plasticizers and additives that are not regulated by OSHA. It also explores the topic of building materials as they relate to function and their emissions/combustion products along with thermal decomposition and combustion products as they relate to fire first responders.

    Engaging environmental professionals, construction management firms, architects, first respondents, and students, this valuable reference delivers a comprehensive spectrum of knowledge needed to face the challenges of managing building materials in the twenty-first century. Awareness is the first line of defense!


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