Colorado County Considering Adding Radon Mitigation to Building Code

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

La Plata County, Colorado, is considering updating building code to require a radon mitigation system in all homes. Radon, which is a colorless, odorless gas that occurs naturally throughout the country, is a common problem in La Plata County and is linked to 500 deaths in Colorado annually.

If passed, the updates to building code would require a radon mitigation system be installed in existing homes as well as all new builds. Building Department Director Butch Knowlton acknowledged that retrofitting existing homes will be more difficult, which is a factor being consider in the process.

The estimated cost for retrofitting a home is between $1,800 and $2,500, and there are concerns about requiring homeowners to pay for a system they may not need. For that reason, the county remains in the preliminary stages of considering the building code changes and will look to ensure the requirements are reasonable.

Radon requirements for buildings already have been adopted by many Colorado towns and counties, lending further encouragement to La Plata County's plan. If the code updates are made official, they could be ready for adoption as early as the beginning of 2016.

If you want to learn more about a radon mitigation system for your home, the experts at Green Star Services can help. Our experienced technicians will provide a thorough radon test in your home and can provide a professional radon mitigation system installation if your home needs one. Call us today at 1-855-827-2236 to learn more!

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