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ASHRAE to Host Homeland Security Satellite Broadcast on Building Security Issues

New York, Mar 16, 2004

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, is planning a Homeland Security Satellite Broadcast addressing ways to reduce the threat of terrorism in buildings. ASHRAE has been awarded a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to host the broadcast, which is scheduled to air on public broadcasting station WETA, Washington, DC, on April 14, 2004.

The broadcast is aimed to assist Individuals responsible for design, construction and operation of buildings, as well as those involved in assessing potential threats and preparing for the risks of attack on facilities. Guidance will be offered on risk assessment; chemical, biological and radiological (CBR) protection such as envelope tightness, ventilation systems, particle filtration and gas absorption; pressure relationships and building interior partitioning; and an update on building codes and standards as they relate to CBR.

"By using a satellite broadcast…ASHRAE can bring vital information to thousands of design engineers, architects, builders, building owners and operators, code officials, medical personnel, first responders and others to educate and inform them on protection of buildings," said Ron Vallort, P.E., the chair of the broadcast.

The broadcast will be divided into two 60-minute segments. The first, airing from noon-1 p.m. (Eastern) will focus on homeland security issues that building and standards professionals need to know about physical structures and heating, ventilating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration systems. The second segment will air from 1:30-2:30 p.m. and will focus on protecting buildings from chemical, biological, radiological and associated threats.

The program will feature a computer uplink where participants can e-mail questions and comments during a live question and answer session. For further information, please contact Martin Weiland (202-833-1830; or visit the ASHRAE website.