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Berkeley Lab Program Helps Building Managers Prepare for Chemical, Biological, Radiological Threats

A team of researchers at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed an interactive computer program that building managers and owners can use to assess their vulnerability to — and to prepare for — chemical, biological, and radiological (CBR) weapons attacks or accidental toxic releases. The Building Vulnerability Assessment and Mitigation Program (BVAMP) can be obtained free through a website established by Berkeley Lab, which provides advice on CBR responses for buildings. “Protecting buildings against CBR agents is an unfamiliar area for many building managers,” says Tracy Thatcher, a scientist in Berkeley Lab’s Environmental Energy Technologies Division (EETD) and a principal investigator in this effort. “Building managers already face conflicting demands for increased occupant comfort, building safety, operating efficiency, and cost reduction.” Full Story

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