Radon & The BC Building Code Study: Assessing Implementation

Our study seeks to learn how BC's Building Code radon requirements are performing. To do so we are inspecting radon rough-in systems in homes. At this time, we are looking for homes to assess in BC's Interior Health Authority Region -- specifically towns within three hours drive from Revelstoke including: Kelowna, Peachland, Vernon, Penticton, Kamloops and Golden.

Our objective is to help inform effective radon exposure reduction measures.  Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. A radioactive gas produced by the natural decay of uranium in rocks and soils, radon kills approximating 3,200 Canadians a year. Invisible, odourless and tasteless, radon can become trapped and accumulate in your home and other buildings unless systems are installed to prevent it. 

Since 2015, BC's Building Code requires “radon rough-ins” in new homes. These rough-ins are basic systems that can be upgraded once new homes are occupied to ensure radon levels remain under Canada’s Radon Guideline. 

We are unsure radon Code requirements are being effectively implemented.  We need your help! If you agree to participate in our study the BC Lung Association's professional radon mitigator will visit your home and conduct a visual inspection. (Note: We follow strict health and safety protocols) In return you will receive a report detailing the results of our assessment of your home radon system. Chantal Wilson of  Revelstoke's Little Bear Engineering, an experienced radon mitigation and engineering company, is working with the BC Lung Association to complete this study.  

***All confirmed study participants will be entered to win an iPad!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER to participate in our new study.  Questions? Contact Dr. Noah Quastel at nquastel@bc.lung.ca or 778-709-4496. 

 

Page Last Updated: 10/09/2021