Radon is a natural gas known to be the main contributor to natural background radiation exposure and only second to smoking as major leading cause of lung cancer. The main concern is in indoor environments where the gas tends to accumulate and can reach high concentrations. The primary contributor of this gas into the building is from the soil although architectonic characteristics, such as building materials, can largely affect concentration values. Understanding the factors affecting the concentration in dwellings and workplaces is important both in prevention, when the construction of a new building is being planned, and in mitigation when the amount of Radon detected inside a building is too high. In this paper we investigate how several factors, such as geologic typologies of the soil and a range of building characteristics, impact on indoor concentration focusing, in particular, on how concentration changes as a function of the floor level. Adopting a mixed effects model to account for the hierarchical nature of the data, we also quantify the extent to which such measurable factors manage to explain the variability of indoor radon concentration

Borgoni, R., De Francesco, D., DE BARTOLO, D., Tzavidis, N. (2014). Hierarchical modeling of indoor radon concentration: How much do geology and building factors matter?. JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL RADIOACTIVITY, 138, 227-237 [10.1016/j.jenvrad.2014.08.022].

Hierarchical modeling of indoor radon concentration: How much do geology and building factors matter?

BORGONI, RICCARDO
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DE BARTOLO, DANIELA CARMELA
Penultimo
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2014

Abstract

Radon is a natural gas known to be the main contributor to natural background radiation exposure and only second to smoking as major leading cause of lung cancer. The main concern is in indoor environments where the gas tends to accumulate and can reach high concentrations. The primary contributor of this gas into the building is from the soil although architectonic characteristics, such as building materials, can largely affect concentration values. Understanding the factors affecting the concentration in dwellings and workplaces is important both in prevention, when the construction of a new building is being planned, and in mitigation when the amount of Radon detected inside a building is too high. In this paper we investigate how several factors, such as geologic typologies of the soil and a range of building characteristics, impact on indoor concentration focusing, in particular, on how concentration changes as a function of the floor level. Adopting a mixed effects model to account for the hierarchical nature of the data, we also quantify the extent to which such measurable factors manage to explain the variability of indoor radon concentration
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Building factors; Floor effect; Hierarchical mixed models; Indoor radon concentration; Air Pollutants, Radioactive; Air Pollution, Indoor; Construction Materials; Housing; Italy; Models, Theoretical; Radon; Soil; Environmental Chemistry; Waste Management and Disposal; Pollution; Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis
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Borgoni, R., De Francesco, D., DE BARTOLO, D., Tzavidis, N. (2014). Hierarchical modeling of indoor radon concentration: How much do geology and building factors matter?. JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL RADIOACTIVITY, 138, 227-237 [10.1016/j.jenvrad.2014.08.022].
Borgoni, R; De Francesco, D; DE BARTOLO, D; Tzavidis, N
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