Canadian Consulting Engineer

Peace of Mind from the Ground Up with RadonX™

June 7, 2024

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that emanates from the ground, easily moving through soil and bedrock, and potentially entering and accumulating to dangerous levels in homes and buildings. As radon breaks down, it forms radioactive particles that could get lodged into our lungs as we breathe. There is no definite way to determine, before construction, if a home or building will have high radon levels indoors.

To implement radon provisions in new construction is an economically feasible and effective approach to address growing concerns of the health effects associated with long-term exposure to high radon levels. The 2020 National Building Code requires a Level-1: Rough-In to be installed in new construction, allowing for future radon mitigation systems to be connected to if post-occupancy testing show elevated levels of radon concentrations in indoor air.

This rough-in is incomplete and is the bare minimum to address radon levels in a home or building. Radon mitigation is a life-safety application that can have severe consequences if inadequate products are used. In the absence of a performance standard specific to radon mitigation products, acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, sewer pipe, and other polyvinyl chloride drain-waste-vent plumbing products are being used for radon mitigation.

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