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Title: Design of new schools and other large buildings which are radon resistant and easy to mitigate. Report for September 1990-August 1991

The paper discusses the recent incorporation of radon mitigation design recommendations in the construction of a hospital in Johnson City, TN. The recommendations resulted in the mitigation of a 5,500 square meter building with only one suction point at an incremental cost of $1.03 per square meter. Extrapolation of the pressure field extension (PFE) measurements indicates that a much larger building could have been mitigated with the system used. A search is underway for larger buildings to be built in radon prone areas of the U.S. in order to determine the effectiveness of the mitigation system in reducing radon in even larger buildings. As a prelude to the preparation of a new construction technical guidance document for schools, architectural drawings of all schools research by EPA, to date, were carefully studied to determine which building characteristics affect radon entry and ease of mitigation. Results of the study were presented at an international symposium on radon in Philadelphia, PA, in April 1991.
Authors:
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
6865682
Report Number(s):
PB-93-131662/XAB; EPA--600/A-92/272
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Other Information: See also PB--91-233254 and PB--92-121268
Research Org:
Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC (United States). Air and Energy Engineering Research Lab.
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; 32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; BUILDINGS; DESIGN; RADON; MITIGATION; POLLUTION CONTROL; ARCHITECTURE; BUILDING CODES; CONSTRUCTION; COST ESTIMATION; EXTRAPOLATION; HOSPITALS; LEADING ABSTRACT; NATIONAL GOVERNMENT; RECOMMENDATIONS; REGULATORY GUIDES; SCHOOL BUILDINGS; ABSTRACTS; CONTROL; DOCUMENT TYPES; EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES; ELEMENTS; FLUIDS; GASES; MEDICAL ESTABLISHMENTS; NONMETALS; NUMERICAL SOLUTION; RARE GASES 290201* -- Energy Planning & Policy-- Economics-- (1992-); 290300 -- Energy Planning & Policy-- Environment, Health, & Safety; 320107 -- Energy Conservation, Consumption, & Utilization-- Building Systems-- (1987-)