Coskeran, T., Denman, A. R., Phillips, P. S. and Tornberg, R. (2006) A cost-effectiveness analysis of radon protection methods in domestic properties: a comparative case study in Brixworth, Northamptonshire, UK. Journal of Environmental Radioactivity.91(1-2), pp. 73-89. 0265-931X.
Coskeran, T., Denman, A. R., Phillips, P. S. and Tornberg, R.
Building regulations in the UK have since 1992 required that radon-proof membranes be installed in new domestic properties to protect residents against the adverse effects of radon. This study compares the cost-effectiveness of the current regulatory regime with an alternative that would entail new properties being tested for radon after construction, and being remediated if necessary. The alternative regime is found to be more cost-effective for a sample of properties in Brixworth, Northamptonshire, UK. For this regime, the central estimate of cost per quality-adjusted life-year gained, the measure of cost-effectiveness used, is £2869 compared to £6182 for installing membranes, results suggesting a case for re-examining the current regulations on radon protection in new properties. Pilot studies will, however, be needed to consider how different means of protecting residents of new properties against radon might operate in practice and to provide improved evidence on their relative cost-effectiveness
UoA 12, RAE 2008
Building regulation; Cost-effectiveness analysis; Lung cancer; Membranes; Radon remediation