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Design of Radon Resistant Residential Structures

Jeffrey Havelin, PE

Radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas, which is found in all homes in varying amounts depending on the locality. Radon levels are measured in picocuries per liter of air (pCi/L) where a picocurie is a measure of radioactivity. The national average level within homes is about 1.3 (pCi/L). Smokers who have high radon levels in their homes are at an especially high risk for getting radon-induced lung cancer. Not everyone who is exposed to elevated levels of radon gas will develop lung cancer, but your risk of getting radon-induced lung cancer increases as your exposure to radon gas increases.

This course will introduce a step-by-step design procedure on how to build radon resistant residential structures. By specifying various inexpensive construction methods and procedures during construction radon levels can be effectively reduced. A very basic radon reduction system can reduce radon levels as much as 50%; the same system can be easily upgraded to provide additional radon level reduction.

This course is based entirely on the EPA publication EPA /402-K-01-002 Building Radon Out A Step by Step Guide on How to Build Radon-Resistant Homes. This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of course materials. You will be quizzed on the attached document in its entirety.

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