Cost of Radon Control Measures in New Construction

by Mark Nowak, NAHB Natl Research Cent, United States,
David Saunders, NAHB Natl Research Cent, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Environmental Engineering


Installation of a radon prevention system in new construction increases costs to builders and to homebuyers as well. Builders and/or their engineers will need to assess different approaches to determine the most cost-effective system for their particular conditions. It is, therefore, important to consider the impact of radon prevention during the design or planning stages to avoid unexpected cost overruns. This paper summarizes how local or regional construction practices can influence the cost of radon control measures in new construction and presents an overview of several prevention systems for each of the three basic foundation types: basement, crawl space and slab-on-grade. Actual costs of radon control measures in new construction based on the experience of two major homebuilders are provided.

Subject Headings: Air pollution | Construction costs | Construction management | Residential construction | Benefit cost ratios | Foundation construction | Basements | Concrete pavements

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