Steve Dacus, PE, LEED AP, Principal, and Senior Mechanical Engineer, presents on Wildfire Smoke Mitigation: Maintaining Resilience in the Built Environment for The Society of American Military Engineers Portland Post at their December monthly meeting.
December 7 from 11:30-1p at Sentinel Hotel
According to the National Interagency Fire Center and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. experiences an average of 70,000 wildfires every year. The National Interagency Fire Center which compiles national reports for state and federal agencies reports this is about 7.4 million acres, accounting for $11.2 Billion in damage. Each year, many communities are exposed to smoke from wildland fires for days, weeks, or even months. Wildland fire and ensuing clouds of smoke present a challenge to the safety and well-being of building occupants. As wildfire seasons within the Pacific Northwest have lengthened and grown in severity, wildland fire smoke episodes have worsened. When smoke is present outside, our HVAC systems draw in that smoke and create hazardous breathing conditions when they were designed to do the opposite. There is no doubt that wildfires are destructive and cause great harm to those in proximity as well as those miles away. In this presentation, Steve addresses a few strategies that could alleviate the impacts of HVAC systems bringing smoke-laden outside air into inhabited buildings.
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