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Main Title What about when sub-slab depressurization doesn't work well? /
Author Pyle, Bobby E. ; Williamson, A. D. ; Osborne, M. C.
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Author Title of a Work
Williamson, Ashley D.
Osborne, Michael C.
CORP Author Southern Research Inst., Birmingham, AL.;Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC. Air and Energy Engineering Research Lab.
Publisher U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development, Air and Energy Engineering Research Laboratory,
Year Published 1990
Report Number AEERL-P-666; EPA-R-814621-01-0; EPA/600/D-90/099
Stock Number PB90-262882
Additional Subjects Annual Meeting AWMA Conference, June 24-29:--(83rd--1990 :--Pittsburgh, PA) ; Radon ; Basements ; Air pollution control ; Residential buildings ; Slab on ground construction ; Pressurizing ; Heat pumps ; Filters ; Charcoal ; Removal ; Soils ; Pressure control ; Barriers ; Graphs(Charts) ; Indoor air pollution ; Case studies
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NTIS  PB90-262882 Some EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. 07/26/2022
Collation 13 pages ; 28 cm
The paper discusses the mitigation of radon levels in basement houses when sub-slab depressurization (SSD), a widely used mitigation technique, is not a viable option. For example, in some houses the slab is poured directly on the soil, resulting in poor-to-nonexistent communication under the slab. To apply SSD requires elaborate plumbing and multiple suction holes in the slab. To develop viable alternatives, EPA has funded research to explore other radon mitigation options. Case studies include: basement pressurization with and without heat extraction, and filtration using charcoal. In the first, air from the upper portion of the house was forced into the basement, producing a pressure barrier at the slab/soil interface. In one house, heat was extracted from the upstairs using a heat pump to supply hot water for the occupants. In the second, a bed of charcoal was used to remove the radon gas. The charcoal bed was flushed with outdoor air to extract the radon before its complete decay to radon daughters.
Caption title. "EPA/600/D-90/099." "Michael C. Osborne, project officer." Microfiche.
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