New Home Indoor Air Quality Study


ICRT is conducting two separate indoor air quality studies on modern homes (2010 & newer) in Central Illinois. Both studies are funded by the US Department of Energy in partnership with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). Participants will be compensated with a home-improvement store gift card. Some homes may be eligible to participate in both studies.

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1-2 Week Intensive Indoor Air Quality Study


Figure 1. Measuring ventilation air flow
Measuring ventilation air flow
Figure 2. Outdoor monitoring station
Outdoor monitoring station

What does participation involve?

ICRT seeks newer (built in 2013 or later) single-family homes to participate in an intensive indoor air quality research study. Participation involves 2-3 ICRT staff members visiting your home and placing temporary monitors to measure air quality indoors and outdoors, and monitor appliance operation. The installation visit may last 6-8 hours, and the monitors will remain for one week. A second visit of 6-8 hours will take place at the end of the data collection week to retrieve monitors and conduct air flow testing.  We ask that participants keep their windows closed during the week, and log activities that may affect indoor air quality, such as house cleaning.  Participants will also be asked to complete a survey to describe the house and occupancy characteristics.

Why should I sign up?

Collected data will inform researchers about how indoor air quality varies according to factors such as geographic location and home characteristics. Participants will receive compensation as $300 home improvement store gift card, and a report summarizing results for your home.

Does my home qualify for the study?

Homes that qualify for the study are single-family detached or attached houses (townhouses), built in 2013 or later, and located in Central or Northern Illinois. Homes with indoor smoking are ineligible. Some homes will qualify for a second week of air quality monitoring with some changes to the home ventilation strategy (such as keeping fans on for a longer period of time). Homes that complete the second week of study will receive an additional $200 home improvement store gift card.

How do I sign up?

Contact Kiel at ICRT Radon Study or call (217) 300-4485 to sign up or learn more. We look forward to hearing from you! 

Potential participants will set up an eligibility screening call to review study procedures, and answer questions about existing home appliances and ventilation appliances (up to 30 minutes).

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6 Week Radon Study in Central / East Central Illinois

ICRT seeks newer (built in 2010 or later) single family homes for a research study comparing radon levels in homes that have a passive radon vent pipe (no fan installed) to levels in homes without a radon mitigation system.   

Eligible homes will be:

  1. Single family detached houses (owned or with landlords permission)
  2. Located in Central or East-Central Illinois
  3. Built in 2010 or later
  4. With either:
    1. A Radon-Resistant New Construction (RRNC) system – passive radon vent pipe without a fan installed
    2. No radon mitigation system

What does participation involve?

All participants will be asked to keep the home in closed-house conditions as much as possible (windows and doors closed) and to keep a log of any times that windows or doors are open for any extended periods (longer than normal entering and exiting the home as part of your regular daily routine).

Sensors will monitor radon levels inside your home for 6 weeks. Participants with an RRNC passive radon pipe will receive a $100 home improvement store gift card, and those without will receive a $50 home improvement store gift card.

Participants will receive a report of the radon results from their home.

Contact Kiel at ICRT Radon Study or call +1 (217) 300-4485 to sign up or learn more.

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Meet the Project Team

Research Engineer
Senior Research Scientist