UCL Energy Institute


UCL-Energy researchers investigate radon-related risk of lung cancer in English dwellings

11 February 2014

English dwellings

Researchers at the UCL Energy Institute and the Bartlett School of Graduate Studies joined with researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine to investigate the potential health impact of radon related risk of lung cancer and energy efficiency retrofits in English dwellings.

The modelling study indicated that unless specific remediation is used, reducing the ventilation of dwellings will improve energy efficiency only at the expense of population wide adverse impact on indoor exposure to radon and risk of lung cancer.  The implications of this and other consequences of changes to ventilation need to be carefully evaluated to ensure that the desirable health and environmental benefits of home energy efficiency are not compromised by avoidable negative impacts on indoor air quality. Read more

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