It seems like new construction is popping up everywhere. New office buildings, new housing developments etc.…While designing these structures, professionals are taking into account potential problems they can physically see such as sloping land or nearby water.
But is anyone thinking about Radon?
Overall, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, causing about 21,000 lung cancer deaths every year. About 2,900 of these deaths occur among people who have never smoked. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that radon is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.
There are several ways to fix radon issues within older buildings, but did you know radon systems can be incorporated into original blueprints and that there are radon-resistant materials?
Using common materials and specific techniques, new structures can be built that are resistant to radon entry. Based on an annual survey of builders conducted by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Research Center, more than 1.5 million new homes have been constructed with radon-resistant features since 1990.
There are several benefits for incorporating a radon system into new designs:
It’s easy to install: All the methods used are common construction techniques. No special skills are needed.
It’s easy to upgrade: A passive system can become an active system with a simple in-line fan. This can also help moisture control in basements and crawlspaces.
The homeowner gains a marketing advantage: Industry surveys continue to show a rapidly growing market for energy-efficient, and environmentally friendly housing. Not having radon-related extra expenses (testing, system installations) is very attractive to a buyer.
The owner also gains a good investment: It is cheaper to install a radon system during construction than it is to fix a radon problem later. Retrofitting an existing structure can cost anywhere between $800-$2,500.
But most importantly: IT’S EFFECTIVE.
The basic radon reduction system reduces radon by about 50%, and typically under EPA’s action level.