Methodology for determination of radon-222 production rate of residential building and experimental verification

Thomas C.W. Tung, Jianlei Niu, J. Burnett, Judy O.W. Lau

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Indoor radon concentration is mainly associated with the radon production rate of building material, ventilation rate, and the outdoor radon concentrations. Radon production rate of a room is defined as the sum of the products of the radon emanation rates and the exposed areas of the materials. Since the selection of the building materials and the exposed areas are different from room to room, it makes the radon production rate of homes fall in a wide range. Here, the radon production rate of a room is suggested to be quantified by a sealing method, in which the systematic radon growth curve is obtained. The radon production rate of the room can be determined from the initial slope of the growth curve. Three rooms at different homes in Hong Kong were selected in the study for verifying the methodology. The uncertainty characterized by data scatter arisen from the coupling effect of the leakage rate and outdoor radon was also included in the discussion. During the measurements, no occupant was allowed into the home. No mechanical ventilation was involved in the measurement. The indoor and outdoor radon concentrations of the sampled homes were monitored simultaneously and lasted for more than three days. The radon production rates and the uncertainties of three rooms at Homes 1, 2, and 3 were found to be 232.8, 46.0, 414.6, and 20.3, 9.4, 59.2 Bq h-1, respectively. The approach is valid when the air leakage rate of the room is controlled below 0.1h-1.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)110-117
Number of pages8
JournalRadiation Measurements
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2005


  • Building material
  • Radon production rate
  • Residential building
  • Ventilation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiation
  • Instrumentation


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