The dependence of indoor radon concentration on the year of house construction was studied using the results of two nationwide indoor radon surveys in Japan.
The data of radon concentration in the surveys were classified into structure type as well as year of construction to obtain the current radon concentration for each structure type as a function of year of construction.
The indoor radon concentration in wooden houses was found to be relatively constant with year of house construction until 1960, and then decreased, whereas the radon concentration in concrete houses increased sharply in houses constructed after 1970.
The concentration in concrete houses built before 1975 was almost the same as that in contemporary wooden houses.
However, the concentration in concrete houses built at present was about two times higher than that in wooden houses.
The time trends found for wooden and concrete houses in the first nationwide indoor radon survey were confirmed by the second nationwide survey.
In addition, these same time trends were mostly observed in the data classified into 7 districts in Japan.
The increase of indoor radon concentration in concrete houses provides relatively high dose, and this increasing trend seems to continue, judging from the results of two nationwide surveys.
Mots-clés Pascal : Radiocontamination, Pollution air, Radon, Irradiation ionisante, Homme, Pollution intérieur, Japon, Asie, Corrélation, Courbe survie, Epidémiologie, Travaux construction
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Radioactive contamination, Air pollution, Radon, Ionizing irradiation, Human, Indoor pollution, Japan, Asia, Correlation, Survival curve, Epidemiology, Construction works
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0487199
Code Inist : 002B03M02. Création : 22/03/2000.