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Radon Report

Category: Barn Conversion Journal May 23rd, 2007 by mbc

Until I started researching the Healthy House concept, I’d always taken such things as the need for a radon survey with a pinch of salt; as a necessary evil, a piece of unavoidable paid-for bureaucracy.

Now I have a slightly differing opinion after developing an appreciation of the risks that radon presents.

So when my British Geological Survey ‘Radon Protective Measures Standard Report‘ tells me that I need to take BASIC protective measures, I’m taking it seriously.

I believe that level of protection can be afforded through installation of an appropriate barrier layer integral to the damp proof membrane — I’ll certainly be double checking that.

UPDATE – Yes, in most cases outside of those areas where high levels of radon are a concern (Devon and Cornwall suffer some of the highest levels in the UK), you just need to make sure that you install the correct type of damp proof membrane.

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  1. Building Progress ~ November 2007, week 3 and 4 | my barn conversion Says:

    […] of first, a hard-core that has been well bedded in, then a damn proof membrane (which incorporates radon protection), then a layer of concrete. Which is where we are […]

  2. The anatomy of a floor | my barn conversion Says:

    […] The diagram shows a basic floor structure with embedded damp-proofing and insulation. In certain parts of the UK (as at the barn), you’ll also need to ensure that the damp-proof membrane is also a radon barrier. […]

  3. Building Regulations, Approved Documents – Part C Site preparation and resistance to contaminants and moisture | my barn conversion Says:

    […] potential contaminant that we all need to consider when building is radon. It’s not a major issue in most of the UK, the south-west is the area most at risk, but one […]

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