The BC Lung Association is conducting research to learn what real estate professionals know about radon, what they are doing, and how BC could learn from best practices around the world.
Many real estate associations and councils across North America have taken special efforts to ensure people learn about radon when they are buying and selling their homes. A cancer-causing radioactive gas produced by the natural decay of uranium in rocks and soils, radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers, killing approximately 3,200 people a year in Canada. Radon can become trapped and accumulate in homes and buildings unless systems are installed to prevent it.
From June to December 2019, the Healthy Indoor Environments engaged in research, outreach, and advocacy around radon in real estate. The BC Real Estate Association (BCREA) and the Real Estate Council of BC (RECBC) now consider radon a latent defect. To learn more, visit the links below.
In April 2020, BCREA moved to add radon to the Property Disclosure Statement (PDS). Click here to learn more about this update and other revisions to the PDS.
We have compiled a list of resources on radon in Canada. Download our list of web-based information on radon for realtors.
We have completed our webinar and workshop series for this year. We will be issuing a legal opinion, comparison with best practices around the world, and a summary report soon. We look forward to providing more workshops and webinars to realtors in the future.
If you would like to share your opinions or concerns about radon, contact Dr. Noah Quastel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 778-709-4496.
The 'Radon in Real Estate' project is generously supported by the Real Estate Foundation of BC