September 8, 2011
Homes built to actively reduce radon risk will be on Parade this year
Thirteen Parade Homes meet MDH Gold Standard for Radon Resistant New Construction
For the first time, select builders in the Minnesota Parade of Homes® are taking action to make their homes healthier by building homes to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Gold Standard for Radon Resistant New Construction, reducing the homeowner’s risk of radon-induced lung cancer. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), approximately 800 Minnesotans die each year from radon-induced lung cancer. All of these deaths are avoidable.
Radon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless radioactive gas that is naturally occurring in the soil throughout Minnesota. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. and the first cause among nonsmokers. MDH estimates that one in three Minnesota homes have radon levels that pose a large health risk over many years of exposure. Radon exposure, however, is preventable, and radon problems in all homes can be fixed.
Building homes to the MDH Gold Standard can virtually eliminate the risk of radon-induced lung cancer. Current new construction code requires a passive radon system to be installed, but these systems are not effective enough to reduce radon levels in all new homes. Gold Standard homes are built to the same code, but they include a fan to actively draw radon from below the home and vent it above the roofline. By installing radon fans in all new homes, to meet the MDH Gold Standard, builders are working to protect the health of the families that will live in those homes. This year, 13 Gold Standard homes from 5 different builders will be among those on the tour.
To learn more about the Gold Standard or to find a Gold Standard Parade Home visit the MDH Radon website at www.health.state.mn.us/goldstandard or call the Minnesota Department of Health Indoor Air Unit at 651-201-4601 or 800-798-9050.
Note: Parade of Homes is a registered trademark of the Builders Association of the Twin Cities and is used with permission.
Radon Gold Standard outreach coordinator