Low-Cost Radon Reduction Pilot Study.

Stacey Rothgeb, W. Rose, P. Francisco, Z. Merrin, Stacey Rothgeb (NREL Technical Monitor)

Research output: NRELSubcontract Report


The U.S. Department of Energy's Building America research team Partnership for Advanced Residential Retrofits conducted a primary scoping study on the impact of air sealing between the foundation and the living space on radon transport reduction across the foundation and living space floor assembly. Fifteen homes in the Champaign, Illinois, area participated in the study. These homes were instrumented for hourly continuous radon measurements and simultaneous temperature and humidity measurements. Blower door and zone pressure diagnostics were conducted at each house. The treatments consisted of using air-sealing foams at the underside of the floor that separated the living space from the foundation and providing duct sealing on the ductwork that is situated in the foundation area. The hypothesis was that air sealing the floor system that separated the foundation from the living space should better isolate the living space from the foundation; this isolation should lead to less radon entering the living space from the foundation. If the hypothesis had been proven, retrofit energy-efficiency programs may have chosen to adopt these isolation methods for enhanced radon protection to the living space.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages84
StatePublished - 2015

Bibliographical note

Work performed by Partnership for Advanced Residential Retrofit, Champaign, Illinois

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/SR-5500-64316

Other Report Number

  • DOE/GO-102015-4686


  • add-a-hole
  • air sealing
  • blower door
  • Building America
  • foundation
  • moisture balance
  • Parr
  • radon
  • residential
  • residential buildings
  • sealing ducts
  • zone pressure


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