Airborne fine particulate emissions from construction activities

Carolyn Payus, and Lai, Yu Mian and Norela Sulaiman, (2017) Airborne fine particulate emissions from construction activities. International Journal of Environmental Science and Development, 8 (7). pp. 526-529.

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Abstract

Construction activities contribute a significant source of airborne particulate matter (PM) which causing substantial impact on air quality. This study is conducted to investigate the ambient particulate matter concentration at the construction jobsite for newly shop lot 5-storeys building in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. The study focusing on coarse and fine airborne particulate sizes which involved PM0.3, PM0.5, PM1 and PM2, thus to evaluate the meteorological factors namely on relative humidity, temperature and wind speed around the construction site during construction activities on PM concentrations. The study is carried out within two different construction phases to evaluate the PM emissions that sourced from the construction activities. Phase 1 is the preliminary stage of the project plan where site preparation activities are carried out, while Phase 2 is the early stage of the project plan where the superstructure construction activities will be involved. Results showed that the concentration of particulate matter collected in Phase 2 is found higher than in Phase 1, as more extensive construction activities are being carried out in Phase 2. The meteorological conditions including temperature, relative humidity and wind speed are also found to be able influenced the characterization of PM according to their sizes. Mitigation and controlling measures to alleviate the emissions of construction activities can be adopted and improved in order to reduce the atmospheric pollution that elicited by PM.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Airborne particulate matter (PM), construction activity, coarse and fine particulate size, PM0.3, PM0.5, PM1, PM2
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Divisions: FACULTY > Faculty of Science and Natural Resources
Depositing User: Munira
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2018 11:57
Last Modified: 18 Feb 2018 11:57
URI: http://eprints.ums.edu.my/id/eprint/18838

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