EPA Science Inventory

LARGE BUILDINGS CHARACTERISTICS AS RELATED TO RADON RESISTANCE: A LITERATURE REVIEW

Citation:

Venezia, R. A. LARGE BUILDINGS CHARACTERISTICS AS RELATED TO RADON RESISTANCE: A LITERATURE REVIEW. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C., EPA/600/R-97/051 (NTIS PB97-167134), 1997.

Description:

The report gives results of a literature review to determine to what useful extent buildings have been characterized and a data base developed in relation to radon entry and mitigation. Prior to 1993, most radon research in large buildings was focused on developing diagnostic and mitigation techniques for school buildings. The belief exists that techniques developed for school buildings can be used as the basis for developing diagnostic and mitigation techniques for other types of large buildings. The complexity and diversity of large building designs is an added complexity in radon mitigation. Much in the available literature on large building characteristics is directed toward energy conservation and toward heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) system design and operation. Data on floor space to footprint ratio, separation of lower level from upper floors, floor bypasses, and building foundation design/construction are lacking. The development and application of energy conservation techniques for large buildings have been vigorously pursued since the mid-1970s and have resulted in significant energy savings. Some of these techniques may have contributed to sick building syndrome, building related illness, and a general decrease in indoor air quality. Radon diagnostic and mitigation strategies are lacking for large buildings.

Purpose/Objective:

information

URLs/Downloads:

NTISCONTACT.PDF   (PDF,NA pp, 8 KB,  about PDF)

Record Details:

Record Type: DOCUMENT (PUBLISHED REPORT/REPORT)
Start Date: 05/05/1997
Completion Date: 05/05/1997
Record Last Revised: 10/07/2008
Record Created: 12/08/2004
Record Released: 02/01/2005
OMB Category: Other
Record ID: 115167

Organization:

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL RISK MANAGEMENT RESEARCH LABORATORY

AIR POLLUTION PREVENTION AND CONTROL DIVISION

INDOOR ENVIRONMENT MANAGEMENT BRANCH