30 Dec '13, 3pm

A fresh look finds most U.S. states get an ‘F’ when it comes to protecting kids from radon.

Most U.S. states get an ‘F’ when it comes to protecting kids from this common but deadly carcinogen. Maybe it’s time for design teams to take the lead. By Paula Melton U.S. EPA Radon Zone Map Zone 1 (red) presents the highest risk for radon, but high concentrations in buildings have been found in every zone. As awareness about air quality in schools has reached unprecedented levels in the U.S., one major indoor pollutant remains widely unaddressed: radon . It might not be the most trendy topic for building interiors, but soil chemistry hasn’t changed since scientists first discovered high radon concentrations in buildings in the 1980s—nor has the fact that radon is considered the second leading cause of lung cancer deaths in the U.S. (tobacco smoke is number one). Our standards for airtightness and ventilation have changed, and both can affect radon concentrations signific...

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