CC-1000 Soil Gas Control Systems in New Construction of Buildings CC-1000 Soil Gas Control Systems During New Construction of Buildings Introduction Scope Summary and Introduction The provisions in this standard provide prescriptive minimum requirements for the construction of any building intended for human occupancy, except for 1 and 2 family dwellings, in order to reduce occupant exposure to radon and other hazardous soil gases. This standard addresses construction of buildings that include, among others, the use of a building or structure, or a portion thereof for multifamily or congregate residential occupancies, educational occupancies and commercial occupancies. Purpose Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the general population and the leading cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers. 1 Radon exposure is the cause of approximately 21,000 U.S. lung cancer deaths each year. 2 This risk is largely preventable. Historical Perspective Since 1988, the Indoor Radon Abatement Act has authorized U.S. state and federal activities to reduce citizen risk of lung cancer caused by indoor radon concentrations. Since the early 1990s, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has advised all U.S. schools to test for radon and to reduce levels to below 4 pCi/L 3 . In 1999, the National Academy of Sciences confirmed that any exposure to radon holds a degree of risk with publication of BEIR VI. 2 In addition, the Academy’s BEIR VII committee stated that exposure to radiation, including any concentration of radon, carries risk. In 2009, the World Health Organization’s WHO Handbook on Indoor Radon confirmed the association between indoor radon exposure and lung cancer, even at the relatively low radon levels found in residential buildings . 1 Initiated in 2010, the U.S. Federal Radon Action Plan (FRAP), followed by the National Radon Action Plan (NRAP), has highlighted an ultimate public health goal of eliminating preventable radon-induced cancer. The FRAP is the result of a collaborative effort led by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Agriculture (USDA), Defense (DOD), Energy (DOE), Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Interior (DOI), Veterans Affairs (VA) and the General Services Administration (GSA). And the NRAP, led by American Lung Association, represents a collaborative effort between several federal and national organizations including American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (AARST) and the Conference of Radon Control Program Directors (CRCPD). 1 World Health Organization, “WHO Handbook on Indoor Radon: A Public Health Perspective” 2009 2 National Academy of Sciences, “Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation” (BEIR VI Report) 1999 3 USEPA, “Radon Measurement In Schools”, July 1993 (EPA-402-R-92-014) 2018 Updates for CC-1000 Section 9 Exhaust Locations has been rewritten as a result of harmonization efforts with 2018 publications of ANSI/AARST RMS-MF and RMS-LB mitigation standards for multifamily and large buildings. Continuous Maintenance of This Standard This standard is under continuous maintenance by the AARST Consortium on National Radon Standards where established procedures as accredited to meet essential requirements for American National Standards by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) have been applied throughout the process of approving this document include timely, documented, consensus action on requests for change to any part of the standard. The change submittal form and instructions may be obtained in electronic form at www.radonstandards.us Contact Information AARST Consortium on National Radon Standards. Email: standards @aarst.or g E Fax: 913-780-2090 Website: www .rad onstandard s.us 475 S Chur ch Street, Suite 600, Hendersonville, NC 28792 Disclaimer: The AARST Consortium on National Radon Standards strives to provide accurate, complete and useful information. 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Notice of right to appeal: ( See Bylaws for the AARST Consortium on National Radon Standards available at ww w.ra donstandards .us .) Section 2 .1 of Operating Procedures for Appeals (Appendix B) states, “Persons or representatives who have materially affected interests and who have been or will be adversely affected by any substantive or procedural action or inaction by AARST Consortium on National Radon Standards committee(s), committee participant(s), or AARST have the right to appeal; (3.1) Appeals shall first be directed to the committee responsible for the action or inaction.” Keywords Radon, Radon Gas, Radon Test, Radon Mitigation, Radon Resistant New Construction, RRNC, New Construction, Schools, Large Buildings, Multifamily Metric Conversions Conversions from English-American measurement units to the International System of Units (SI) are rendered herein with literal conversion.