Wednesday, 5 May 2021
Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government
Radon Gas Levels
277. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if radon levels in social housing are monitored; the steps that have been taken to ensure that there is no build-up of radon in social housing; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22661/21]
The Housing (Standards for Rented Houses) Regulations 2019 set a minimum standard for decent, safe and secure rental accommodation. These Regulations also focus on tenant safety and include measures covering heating appliances, carbon monoxide and window safety. With very limited exemptions, these apply to social housing as well as private rented residential accommodation. All landlords have a legal obligation to ensure that their rented properties comply with the regulations. Responsibility for enforcement rests with the relevant local authority.
The minimum performance requirements that a building must achieve are set out in the Second Schedule to the Building Regulations. These requirements are set out in 12 parts classified as Parts A to M. Part C – Site Preparation and Resistance to Moisture (1997), requires that reasonable precautions shall be taken to avoid danger to health and safety caused by substances (including radon) found on or in the ground to be covered by a building.
Specific advice for local authorities in relation to radon testing on their own social housing stock, is included on the website, www.radon.ie. The EPA has also produced a booklet, ‘Guidance Notes to Local Authorities on Implementing a Radon Measurement Programme’, which is available at the Agency's website at the following link: