While we're all busy designing buildings that will minimise their impact upon the environment, is enough attention being paid to how the environment could affect the building occupants' health? Radon is one such issue that must be considered. As the second-biggest cause of lung cancer, exposure to this naturally occurring radioactive gas that accumulates within buildings is responsible for over 2000 lung cancer deaths in the UK every year. With proper design and precautions, the majority of these deaths are avoidable.
The naturally occurring gas can be found in properties of any size, type, age or location across the UK. Contrary to popular belief, there are many designated radon affected areas in the South East, including Guildford and the surrounding area where it is estimated that around 10% of homes may be affected.
This seminar will:
- explain the steps that should be taken to ensure that buildings do not contain elevated levels of radon and why
- review the current 'official' guidance, and
- provide some eye-opening case studies.
You'll also leave with an idea of the radiation-dose equivalent number of chest x-rays you could have unwittingly been receiving while lying in bed or sat at your desk.
Speakers: Martin Freeman & Rebecca Kench
Martin has over 40 years’ practical and technical experience in the building preservation industry. In addition to working in senior management roles at several regional and national contracting firms, Martin has owned a laboratory consultancy specialising in the resolution of disputes involving biodeterioration of timber and problems of dampness in buildings. His experience in this field is unrivalled, and he has an international client base to show for it.
Martin is a regular speaker at industry conferences and events, and has received wide praise for his seminars that cover both technical and practical advice.
Rebecca has devoted much of her time to the field of radon gas and has become one of the country’s leading communicators on the subject. She has devised methods of ensuring that the risks of exposure are easily understandable by non-scientists and increasing the awareness of the naturally occurring carcinogen in the UK, Rebecca organised a link-up with US charity, Cancer Survivors Against Radon (CanSAR) to raise radon awareness among the general public through social networking; The Radon Tee World Trek has seen a t-shirt with the slogan Reduce Radon travel across the UK and Europe to be photographed with members of the public and professionals alike.
Rebecca’s expertise has been called upon by external organisations and she has been involved in policy consultations regarding radon with the Health Protection Agency and Building Research Establishment and has attended international conferences on the subject.
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