On January 31,2013, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development(HUD) adopted a new Radon Policy for Multi-family properties (MAP 223f) per Mortgagee letter 2012-07, and Notice H203-13. The new policy is part of the Federal Agencies working together to make homes healthier; HUD, with the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the White House Council on Environmental Quality unveiled on February 4, 2013 Advancing Healthy Housing – A Strategy for Action. Watch the announcement here!
The testing protocols must follow the protocols set by the American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists, (AARST), Protocol for conducting Radon and Radon Decay Product Measurements in Multifamily Buildings (ANSI-AARST-MAMF-2010). The testing requires testing at least twenty-five (25%) of randomly selected ground floor units in properties in Zones 1 ( Red Zone-Highest Potential for radon levels above 4.0 pCi/L) and Zone 2, (Orange Zone- Moderate Potential for radon levels between 2 and 4.0 pCi/L) per the USEPA radon zone map.
All testing and mitigation must be performed under the supervision of a Radon Professional.
Radon Certification/License of the Radon Professional is required as follows:
Certification from either the American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (AARST) National Radon Proficiency Program (NRPP) or the National Radon Safety Board (NRSB), and
Certification/License from the state in which the testing or mitigation work is being conducted if the state has this requirement.
RDS Environmental has been certified through the National Radon Proficiency Program since its inception when the program was administered by the EPA. AARST/NRPP# 102717.
Our network of Radon Professionals are available nationwide to assist you and your clients and ensure your radon testing is being performed according to HUD’s Multi-Family Development Radon Policy.
Contact us today at 800-627-2366 (62-RADON)
Young Children who live in mold positive homes are three times to contract asthma by the age of 7, according to an article and study published in the ieconnections paper. The University of Cincinnati did a study over the last seven years and took comparative data from its 700 evaluated children involved in the Childhood Allergy and Air pollution study ( CCAAPS). The study has shown that early life exposure to mold, plays a critical role in childhood developed asthma. As well genetic play a factor in this study. If the parents of the child have allergy’s or asthma they are at a greater risk of developing asthma. What dose this study mean for our homeowners, motivation. This study should motivate parents and expecting parents alike to have there homes tested if there was ever any evidence of water damage or water intrusion into the home.
Radon has been under the microscope for its effects to our health sense it was brought to our attention as home owners. Up untile recently there has been many skeptics that have always argued radon effects on our lungs, stating there has never been conclusive data that has proven the true effects of radon. A recent study done by chemist at the University of Pennsylvania, has shown that Radon does bond with discrete molecules ( such as lung tissue). As well the study shows what higher levels can cause as more molecule binding is seen at higher rates of Radon. This was a big step for the education on Radon and the community. The team of Chemist lead by a Professor Ivan J. Dmochowski used a process that came from xenon gas. Xenon Gas is a noble gas like Radon. With this test they can now use this to test Radon binding on Proteins in our lungs, and if we know Radon’s affinity for those proteins, you can get a better idea of the concentrations and timescale over which it is dangerous.
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Are you remodeling, renovating or demolishing any areas of your home?
If so, you and your contractor should be aware that your project should be inspected for asbestos by a Colorado certified asbestos building inspector, to avoid stiff fines/penalities and costly project delays. Asbestos can be found in these and common building materials: Ceiling tiles, vinly floor coverings and mastic, boiler and pipe insulation, heating duct insulation, roofing products, clapboard shingles, and many other products.
A certified asbestos inspector can determine which materials contain asbestos prior to them beind disturbed. Buildings of any age may contain asbestos. Even those newly built may have asbestos-containing materials.
It is important to know that when a permit is pulled on a home remodeling project, even if you are just changing out windows, asbestos testing is required prior to any work being performed. These regulations are present to help protect the health of both the homeowners/occupants and the contractor and their workers.
If your contractor offers to save you money by not pulling a permit, be very cautious as this could result in some health risks if asbestos materials are disturbed. The Colorado Department of Health and Environment has a wonderful website which answers many questions regarding asbestos regulations in Colorado. Their website is http://www.cdphe.state.co.us/ap/asbeshom.asp.
RDS Environmental offers asbestos testing services. We are certified by Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and carry all necessary insurance. Contact us today to ensure your home will be safe from asbestos during your project. 303-444-5253
With the summer heat wave winding down and the kids back in school, we know fall is surely on its way. The Fall and Winter Seasons are the best time to perform your radon testing.
When performing a short term radon test, you have to maintain closed house conditions 12 hours prior to the onset of the testing and during the 48 hours. This means all windows and doors leading to the exterior. Normal entry and exit is fine, just no open windows or doors to the exterior.
Doing so during the summer months when a home does not have A/C; is almost unbearable for the occupants. Testing during Fall and Winter allow the occupants to maintain closed house conditions and yet stay comfortable not opening their windows, thus providing a more accurate average radon concentration for that testing duration.
When performing long term radon testing, closed house conditions do not need to be maintained. Long-term testing is a period of 91 days up to a full year. The long-term testing is the best testing available to obtain your overall radon exposure levels. The long-term testing allows the occupants to live in the home as they normally would through the seasons. No matter which test you are performing the cooler weather is often the best time to do your radon testing. RDS Environmental provides test kits for both short term and long term testing. Contact us today to order your test kit or have one of our radon technicians perform your testing.