1st Workshop on Radon Monitoring and Mitigation Strategies in Public Buildings
14h30 – RnMonitor Project Overview, António Curado, IPVC/PT
14h45 – Characterization of Granitic Stone Houses in Minho Region, João Silva, IPVC/PT
15h00 – Radon Management in Buildings, Bernard Collignan, CSTB/FR
16h30 – Coffee break
16h45 – Radon Mitigation Strategies, Bernard Collignan, CSTB/FR
17h45 – RnMonitor Next Steps, Sérgio Lopes, IPVC/PT
- In outdoor environments the radon gas concentration does not offer any type of public health problems; however in indoor environments, in a poor ventilation scenario, the higher concentrations can cause indoor air quality problems. In Minho region predominates granite soils and granite construction, so issues related to Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) are particularly important.
- According to the World Health Organization (WHO), prolonged exposure to high concentrations of Radon gas is directly related to the increased risk of lung cancer. Hence, it is of vital importance to carry out a large experimental study in Minho region to carry out the characterization of the concentration of Radon gas in local buildings.
- Despite the risk, the presence of Radon gas doesn’t limit, for itself, the occupation of granite buildings, however, it constitutes a health problem that needs analysis and consequent mitigation, when necessary.
- The presence of researcher Bernard Collignan, a specialist of the Health and Comfort Department of the Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment (CSTB), a French top quality research center, helped to understand the basics regarding Radon analysis and mitigation and constituted a starting point a serious discussion on the subject.