Behavior of 222Rn and its progeny in high-rise buildings

Health Phys. 1998 Sep;75(3):303-12. doi: 10.1097/00004032-199809000-00010.


Unlike detached or semi-detached houses, the main source of indoor radon in high-rise buildings is the building material. Radon released from the building material will be removed by ventilation, either forced or natural, so that its concentration, its progeny's concentration, and the equilibrium between the two will be different for different types of buildings and environmental factors. A number of surveys were carried out in buildings throughout the territory to look at the seasonal variation of indoor 222Rn levels; the dependence of indoor 222Rn concentration on the living environment; the indoor gamma dose rate and its relation to indoor 222Rn concentration; and the dependence of 222Rn progeny concentration and equilibrium factor on the environment in high-rise buildings.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Air Pollutants, Radioactive / adverse effects
  • Air Pollutants, Radioactive / analysis*
  • Air Pollution, Indoor / adverse effects
  • Air Pollution, Indoor / analysis*
  • Alpha Particles / adverse effects
  • Construction Materials / adverse effects
  • Construction Materials / analysis
  • Data Collection
  • Gamma Rays / adverse effects
  • Hong Kong
  • Housing
  • Humans
  • Radiation Dosage
  • Radon / adverse effects
  • Radon / analysis*
  • Radon Daughters / adverse effects
  • Radon Daughters / analysis
  • Seasons


  • Air Pollutants, Radioactive
  • Radon Daughters
  • Radon