IAQ & Healthy Homes

2018 HPC National Conference Session

Thinking Outside the Envelope: The Radon Question

Wednesday, April 25
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Salon D (5th Floor)

Exposure to radon gas is considered to be the second leading environmental cause of lung cancer, killing by one estimate 20,000 people a year in the United states. This session answers the following questions:
1. What is radon gas?
2. What is the mechanism of radon entry into buildings?
3. How is radon measured?
4. How is radon entry into buildings mitigated?
5. What are the business opportunities in radon mitigation?

Learning Objectives:

Dick Kornbluth

Dick Kornbluth, LLC

Dick Kornbluth has been a residential retrofit energy efficiency improvement contractor since 1977, and a full-service Home Performance Contractor since 2001. In 2006, he and his partner sold their Syracuse, New York company, EnTherm Inc, to GreenHomes America. Dick served on the management team of GreenHomes until August, 2006 when he left to start a consulting business, DickKornbluth, LLC. Dick serves on the board of the Building Performance Institute and the Building Performance Contractors Association of New York State. He was also a nationally certified radon mitigation contractor form 1998 to 2016.


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Ellen Tohn

Principal/Assistant Professor of Practice
Tohn Environmental Strategies & Brown School of Public Health

Ms. Tohn is an environmental health consultant with over 30 years of experience. She is the founder of Tohn Environmental Strategies and a nationally recognized expert in housing based environmental health threats, green and healthy housing, and indoor air quality. Ms. Tohn works with housing developers, property owners and managers, and energy efficiency programs to create green and healthy housing and developed the nationally recognized “One Touch” approach. Ms. Tohn is an Assistant Professor of Practice at the Brown School of Public Health. She received her BA from Cornell University and a Masters from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).


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Jonathan Wilson

Deputy Director
National Center for Healthy Housing

Mr. Wilson has worked at NCHH since 1993. During his tenure, Mr. Wilson has served as a program manager for research, technical assistance and policy work. He was a lead author on a report published in December 2016 by DOE of the health impact of energy retrofits. He is currently project director of a study in Maryland of the benefits of home performance activities in Maryland and is preparing a report on the impact of improved ventilation in multifamily properties. He previously co-authored a report on opportunities to support health and safety activities in the DOE Weatherization Assistance Program and studied the effects of lead-safe weatherization. He came to the NCHH with a background in non-profit housing development and a Master’s of Public Policy.


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