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Experiences in radon-safe building in Finland

A study was made of radon-safe building in 300 Finnish low-rise residential buildings using data obtainedfrom a questionnaire study. The study also aims at finding the main defects in design andimplementation and how the guidance given on radon-safe building in slab-on-grade houses has beenfollowed. According to the guidance, the prevention of the flow of radon-bearing air from the soil intothe house is recommended to be carried out through installation of aluminized bitumen felt and use ofelastic sealants.

Theoretical study of the radon emanation coefficient for granular material: influence of packing and water

Experimentally, it has been observed that the radon emanation coefficient, determined for geologicaland construction materials, depends principally on the porosity and water content.

Results and conclusions of the Austrian radon mitigation project ‘Sarah‘

The Austrian radon mitigation joint research project SARAH (supported by the Austrian Ministry ofEconomy and the Government of Upper Austria), a two-year follow up study of the Austrian NationalRadon Project (NRAP), was started in 1996. Objectives of the research project were to find simple,cost effective experimental methods for the characterisation of the radon situation in dwellings and toevaluate technically and economically the implementation of state of the art remedial actions forAustrian house types.

Alpha particle emission from reference glass surfaces implanted with 210po

Implanted long-lived radon decay products in glass surfaces have been used as a measure of pastradon exposure in homes. Special track-etch devices (so-called retro-detectors") attached to the glasssurface, have the ability to specifically measure the implanted activity of 210Po in-situ. Calibratingthese devices for 210Po is fairly straightforward, but the retro-detectors are also sensitive to thebackground activity of the glass substrate.

A geochemical approach to the identification of a radon-affected area

The identification of a radon-affected area in the south of Yugoslavia was based on geologicalstructuraland geochemical prospecting data of radioactive and other mineral resources. An anomalousarea was recognized at a rural community Gornja Stubla (in the extreme south of Serbia), whileprospecting for uranium in the region on the margin of the large Vardar Zone geotectonic unit.

The concerted action "retrospectively estimated radon in areas affected by uranium mining activities

Investigations on the retrospective estimation of radon exposure in homes had already been carried outin international collaboration in the uranium mining regions of Germany since 1994. Following aConcerted Action named "Retrospectively Estimated Radon in Areas Affected by Uranium MiningActivities " was agreed upon.

Measurements of deposition velocity of radon decay products for examination of the correlation between air activity concentration of radon and the accumulated po-210 surface activity

The retrospective determination of radon exposure levels in dwellings by means of the measurement ofthe Po-210 surface activity is subject to various uncertainties. These result partly from the valuesassumed for the equilibrium factor F and for the unattached fraction f, and, more importantly, fromdifferences in the deposition velocities of short-lived decay products of Rn-222, caused by varyingconditions of turbulence.

The calibration laboratories for the measurement of radon and short-lived radon progeny at the federal office for radiation protection (bfs)

The BfS Department of Radiation Protection performs official tasks in the field of radiation protectionfor man and his environment.

Radon risk mapping in ireland

The work described in this paper is based upon the results of the recently completed National Surveyof Radon in Dwellings [1] carried out by the Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland (RPII).Measurements were carried out in 11,054 dwellings, located in 832 10 km grid squares across thecountry.

The national radon survey in ireland

This paper presents the results of the National Survey of Radon in Dwellings carried out by theRadiological Protection Institute of Ireland (RPII). Radon measurements were carried out in 11,319houses throughout the country. Indoor annual average radon concentrations ranged from 10 Bq/m3 to1924 Bq/m3. The measurement data were grouped on the basis of the 10 km grid squares of the IrishNational Grid System and used to predict the percentage of dwellings in each grid square which exceedsthe Reference Level of 200 Bq/m3.