Use of radon barriers to reach an acceptable radon level

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A method is presented for theoretically estimating the necessary airtightness of a radon barrier. Radon barriers are used to balance the indoor radon concentration. To balance radon at an acceptable level, for a given ventilation rate for indoor air, a barrier must fulfil the requirements for airtightness and the indoor-air radon penetration from the soil, which is determined by the radon concentration in the soil gas. The method identifies the optimal radon barrier for a building. Ten different radon barriers are evaluated. Barriers include system solutions based on materials such as bitumen-based radon blockers, wet-room membranes, reinforced fix mortar pastes, and polyethylene membranes. The barriers are tested using a modified version of the test method NBI 167/02 radon membrane: test of airtightness. The radon barriers are evaluated for a typical building construction for a single-family house with radon exposure from the ground. An acceptable radon concentration of 100 Bq/m3 in indoor air is used in combination with a number of higher radon levels. The different radon barriers are evaluated in accordance with their ability to prevent air penetration from the ground. Furthermore, how mounting a barrier can affect the durability of a building is discussed, as the measures may create a far more vulnerable building.
Titel12th Nordic Symposium on Building Physics (NSB 2020)
RedaktørerJ. Kurnitski, T. Kalamees
Antal sider7
ForlagEDP Sciences
Publikationsdato30 jun. 2020
StatusUdgivet - 30 jun. 2020
Begivenhed12th Nordic Symposium on Building Physics, NSB 2020 - Tallinn, Estland
Varighed: 6 sep. 20209 sep. 2020


Konference12th Nordic Symposium on Building Physics, NSB 2020
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