Radon Ready New Construction Study

Wanted:

Homeowners to participate in a radon study conducted by Indoor Climate Research & Training (ICRT), a group within the Applied Research Institute of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Homes are being recruited in Central IL, northern IL, and in Colorado within an hour of Fort Collins, CO.

What is this study about?

ICRT, in collaboration with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), is conducting a study funded by the US Department of Energy to learn about factors influencing radon concentrations in homes.

What does participation involve?

Figure 2. Photo of continuous radon monitor

Participation involves 2-3 ICRT staff researchers visiting  your home to conduct airflow measurements and place temporary continuous radon monitors to measure indoor radon concentrations, temperature and relative humidity.  The visit may last 1-2 hours, and the monitors will remain in place for six weeks. For homes with Radon Resistant New Construction (RRNC – a passive ventilation exhaust for the foundation space, but without an active fan), researchers will install an apparatus which will temporarily block the passive radon ventilation pipe.

Brief follow-up visits will occur weekly for six weeks to toggle the radon system (in some situations this may be completed by the homeowner, reducing the number of required visits), allowing observation of the RRNC systems’ impact.

For homes without RRNC, researchers will install temporary continuous radon monitors to measure indoor radon concentrations, temperature and relative humidity. The visit may last 1-2 hours, and the monitors will remain in place for six weeks.  After six weeks researchers will pick up the equipment from the home.

All participants are requested to keep windows closed during the study period.

Why should I sign up?

Collected data will improve understanding of how environmental conditions and home characteristics affect radon concentrations, and the impact of RRNC.  You will be eligible to receive a home improvement store gift card ($100 for homes with RRNC, $50 for homes without RRNC), and a report summarizing results for your home.

Does my home qualify for the study?

Homes that qualify for the study are newer homes built after 2000 in Illinois and after 1990 in Colorado, are single-family detached, and located in Central IL, northern IL, or around Fort Collins, CO.  Homes must not have active radon mitigation systems (i.e. systems that have a mechanical exhaust fan pulling radon from the soil and exhausting to outdoors).

How do I sign up?

Contact the research team at 217-300-7188 or e-mail IAQ-ICRT@illinois.edu.

Meet the Research Team