The Direct Endangering of the Living Space (A Proposed Set of Quantitative Concepts)

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DOIResolve DOI: http://doi.org/10.4224/20338268
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TypeTechnical Report
ISSN0077-5606
Physical description29 p.
Subjectprobabilistic approach; building failures; risk analysis
AbstractA feature of modern society is that much of our environment is created by ourselves and, therefore, we are responsible for its possible effects, e.g., pollution, death or injury, or economic loss. Safety regulations and laws needed to control these dangers must be based on the risks we are willing to accept since absolute safety from these dangers cannot be attained. This paper makes a study of the types of risk and defines those which should be considered in safety regulations as basic risks. An analytical procedure to determine basic risks is proposed which takes into account social, moral and economic requirements. This paper provides a useful insight into the question "How safe is safe enough?" which arises, for example, in setting building code rules to protect the public against such catastrophes as fire or collapse.
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LanguageEnglish
AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
Peer reviewedNo
IdentifierNRC-TT-1636
NRC number791
NPARC number20338268
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Record identifier39823a3e-1569-4186-8411-1e7d68cdeb4b
Record created2012-07-19
Record modified2016-10-03
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