Radon Resistant New Construction – Part 1
The first video in our radon resistant new construction series examines the health risks associated with radon exposure and the high prevalence of this contaminant in Pennsylvania. In addition, we review the basic construction techniques and advantages of radon-resistant new construction. We also touch upon the importance of radon testing.
What you should know about Radon mitigation?
Radon-Resistant New Construction techniques are relatively simple and cost-effective. They reduce soil gas concentrations and moisture problems and also make your home more energy efficient. In fact, it can save you about $65 per year on your energy bills. Radon-resistant new construction can also be used in existing homes to improve the safety of the building.
The passive radon control system uses a vent pipe that is installed through an interior wall or the flue chase. It uses a natural stack effect to draw air through the vent pipe and remove radon gas from the home. When installing a passive radon system, it is best to use 4″ PVC piping. This ensures that maximum airflow is available when the system is activated. The pipe should also be routed through the attic space and interior walls.
Radon-resistant new construction features are available for new homes, and the cost of adding them is less than the cost of retrofitting. Depending on the level of radon contamination in the home, the system can reduce indoor levels by as much as 50%. If radon levels are too high, the passive system may require an additional fan.