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Integrating occupational indoor air quality with building information modeling (BIM)

  • Author / Creator
    Altaf, Mohammed Sadiq
  • The occupational indoor air quality (IAQ) during construction plays a major role in workers' health and safety as construction activities frequently generate airborne pollutants. Exposure to dusts, fumes, fibres and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) can cause health issues such as lung cancer, asthma and silicosis. The occupational exposure limits for hazardous airborne pollutants in the workplace is legislated by the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Code. This thesis proposes a methodology to predict the occupational indoor air quality during construction activities utilizing Building Information Modeling (BIM). The single zone mass balance model was used to determine the indoor pollutant concentration; the model was integrated with BIM to calculate the air pollutant concentration during construction activities. This method allows the stakeholders to determine the indoor air quality before actual construction work. A case study demonstrates the proposed methodology during a drywall sanding activity to verify its effectiveness.

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  • Graduation date
    2011-11
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Science
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3JX4N
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Hashisho, Zaher (Civil & Environmental Engineering)
    • Al- Hussein, Mohamed (Civil & Environmental Engineering)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Kindzierski, Warren (Public Health Science)
    • Al- Hussein, Mohamed (Civil & Environmental Engineering)
    • Hashisho, Zaher (Civil & Environmental Engineering)