||Influences of HVAC (Heating, ventilating and air conditioning) design and operation on radon mitigation of existing school buildings /
Leovic, K. W. ;
Craig, A. B. ;
||Infiltec, Falls Church, VA.;Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC. Air and Energy Engineering Research Lab.
|| U.S. Environmental Protection Agency : Office of Research and Development, Air and Energy Engineering Research Laboratory,
School buildings ;
Air flow ;
Air pollution control equipment ;
Pressure control ;
Exhaust systems ;
Safety engineering ;
Human factors engineering ;
HVAC systems ;
Indoor air pollution ;
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||21 pages ; 28 cm
The paper discusses various school building characteristics identified as influencing radon entry, the design and operation of installed mitigation systems in four Maryland schools, and the success of these systems in reducing school radon levels. Results indicate that one of the most significant factors contributing to elevated radon levels in schools is room depressurization caused by the HVAC system exhausting more air from a room than the supply fan is furnishing to the room. Conversely, if the HVAC system pressurizes the room, radon entry can often be prevented as long as the fan is operating. Four Maryland schools with varying types of HVAC systems have had mitigation systems installed to reduce elevated levels of indoor radon. Mitigation techniques include depressurization of the area under the slab, sometimes accompanied by the sealing of cracks and holes, and the temporary reduction of radon levels by pressure control through the HVAC system. These systems were effectively reducing radon levels following their installation during the summer of 1988.
"Presented at IAQ 89: the Human Equation: Health and Comfort, San Diego, CA, 4/17-20/89." "EPA-600/D-89/015." Microfiche.