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Main Title Radon Mitigation in Schools: Case Studies of Radon Mitigation Systems Installed by EPA in Four Maryland Schools Are Presented.
Author Saum, D. ; Craig, A. B. ; Leovic., K. ;
CORP Author Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC. Air and Energy Engineering Research Lab. ;Infiltec, Falls Church, VA.
Publisher c1990
Year Published 1990
Report Number EPA/600/J-90/010;
Stock Number PB90-219700
Additional Subjects School buildings ; Radon ; Pollution control ; Air conditioning ; Ventilation ; Heating ; Soils ; Pressure ; Substructures ; Emission ; Design ; Operations ; Reprints ; Indoor air pollution ; Case studies ; Soil gas
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
NTIS  PB90-219700 Some EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. 07/26/2022
Collation 8p
The first part of the two-part paper discusses radon entry into schools, radon mitigation approaches for schools, and school characteristics (e.g., heating, ventilation, and air conditioning -- HVAC -- system design and operating) that influence radon entry and mitigation system design. The second part discusses specific mitigation systems that were installed by the U.S. EPA in four Maryland schools. HVAC systems in schools vary considerably and tend to have a greater impact on pressure differentials; and consequently on radon levels than do heating and air conditioning systems in houses. If the HVAC system induces a negative pressure relative to the subslab area, radon can be 'pulled' into the building. If the HVAC system pressurizes the building, it can prevent radon entry as long as the fan is running. However, school HVAC systems are normally set back or turned off on evenings and weekends and, even if the HVAC system pressurizes the school during operation, indoor radon levels may build up during the setback periods.