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C218
Reduction of Radon Levels in Schools and Other Large Buildings

Jeffrey Havelin, PE

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas in ambient air. It can also accumulate in varying amounts in enclosed buildings. Radon is estimated to cause many thousands of lung cancer deaths each year. In fact, the Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. today. Our increased understanding of the risks posed by indoor radon has underscored the need for construction techniques that prevent exposure to radon in residential and non-residential buildings. The Indoor Radon Abatement Act of 1988 states, “The national long-term goal of the United States with respect to radon levels in buildings is that the air within buildings should be as free of radon as the ambient air outside the building.”

Specific guidelines on how to incorporate radon prevention features in the design and construction of schools and other large buildings are detailed in this course. This course is intended to address this goal in the new construction of schools and other large buildings and will provide the required design information to implement reduced radon levels at the design stage. Most of the radon prevention techniques covered in this course can also be applied to existing buildings, but installation will cost more than if these techniques were installed during initial construction.

This course is based entirely on the EPA publication EPAl625/R-921016 Radon Prevention in the Design and Construction of Schools and Other Large Buildings-Third Printing with Addendum. 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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