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J. R. Nunes, Leonel and Curado, António High Indoor Rn Concentration Mitigation in a Heritage Building: Case Study Analysis of the Applied Constructive Measures. Journals Buildings Volume 13 Issue 1, 13 (1).

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Indoor radon (Rn) concentration is pointed out by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the second leading cause of lung cancer. Adopting mitigation measures based on ventilation procedures is an effective solution for most cases. However, the occurrence of abnormal concentrations of indoor Rn in heritage buildings, where most interventions are restricted, may lead to alternative remediation techniques. In these cases, constructive mitigation measures, such as the use of barrier membranes on the floor or specific coating mortars on the walls, can be adequate solutions. In the current investigation, two constructive measures were applied and analyzed sequentially. The preliminary long-term monitoring campaign registered extremely high indoor Rn concentration measurements. The application of a barrier membrane covering the floor of the test compartment allowed a 90% reduction in the average Rn concentration, but it nevertheless remained substantially above the recommended value of 300 Bq·m−3. Subsequently, a coating mortar was applied on the walls. The combined measures contributed to a total reduction of 94% in the average indoor Rn concentration, which remains slightly above the recommended exposure limit. Despite the verified reduction and the apparent effectiveness of the measures, it is still necessary to carry out more monitoring campaigns to test their general applicability.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: indoor Rn concentration; constructive mitigation measures; Rn barrier membrane; anti-Rn slurry coating
Subjects: English > Climate Change Adaptation
Depositing User: Susanna Carlsten
Date Deposited: 04 May 2023 08:47
Last Modified: 04 May 2023 08:47

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