Faculty Advisor

Ault, Holly Keyes

Faculty Advisor

Ludwig, Reinhold

Project Center

Costa Rica


As part of Costa Rica’s goal to reach carbon neutrality by 2021, all carbon emission sources must be inventoried. Each year there are about 1000 structure fires in Costa Rica. The Structure Fire Gas Emissions project calculates the carbon emissions from structure fires in Costa Rica. Four detailed models were created to calculate emissions from residential, hospital, warehouse and industrial buildings. A fifth model collects information in aggregate from the other models in order to provide a summary of total carbon emissions from structure fires across Costa Rica. Our sponsor SHP Ingenieria, in conjunction with the Benemérito Cuerpo de Bomberos de Costa Rica, and the Estado de Nación will use the models in order to monitor carbon emissions and make future policy recommendations.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2014

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering