Requires the state fire prevention and building code council to implement rules and regulations requiring the use of radon-resistant features in new home construction.
BILL NUMBER: S401
TITLE OF BILL : An act requiring the state fire prevention and building code council to implement rules and regulations regarding radon-resistant features in newly constructed homes
PURPOSE : To require new home builders to use radon resistant features when building new homes.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS : Section 1 directs the state fire prevention and building code council to develop and implement rules and regulations concerning the use of radon resistant building features in new home construction.
JUSTIFICATION : Radon is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas which is omitted from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water. This gas typically moves through the ground and seeps into homes through tiny cracks or holes in the foundation. Any home, new or old can have a radon problem, and homes across the country have been found to have high levels of radon. In fact, on January 13, 2005, the Surgeon General of the United States issued a Health Advisory, warning Americans about the health risk of exposure to radon in indoor air. Recent studies done by the EPA have found that nearly 1 out of every 15 homes in the United States has an unsafe level of radon. Radon has been proven to cause many health related problems, and is now the second leading cause of lung cancer and is estimated to account for more than 20,000 deaths per year.
Banks require that a home inspection be done by a licensed home inspector prior to approving a mortgage for an existing home sale, and part of that inspection is a radon test. Many people who build new homes have owned homes before, and may assume that some type of radon testing is done by the builder, however there are no such requirements for radon inspections for new home mortgages. Because it takes time for radon to penetrate into the home, testing for radon in a newly constructed home would be ineffective. Therefore, the easiest and most cost effective way to ensure that radon never becomes a problem, is to take preventative measures in the new home construction process. When these steps are employed during the building process, it costs as little as a few hundred dollars; as opposed to having to vent out the house later on, which can cost thousands. Standards and recommendations for the use of radon resistant features in building new homes have already been developed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY : 2007/2008 - S.717/A.9669 Remained in the Senate Committee on Housing, Construction and Community Development and the Assembly Committee on Governmental Operations 2005/2006 - S.4607 Remained in the Senate Committee on Housing, Construction and Community Development
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS : None.
EFFECTIVE DATE : Immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ S. 401 A. 1033 2009-2010 Regular Sessions S E N A T E - A S S E M B L Y (PREFILED) January 7, 2009 ___________IN SENATE -- Introduced by Sens. BRESLIN, SAMPSON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Housing, Construction and Community Development IN ASSEMBLY -- Introduced by M. of A. McENENY -- read once and referred to the Committee on Governmental Operations AN ACT requiring the state fire prevention and building code council to implement rules and regulations regarding radon-resistant features in newly constructed homes THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The state fire prevention and building code council is hereby directed to implement rules and regulations requiring the use of radon-resistant features in new home construction. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD01070-01-9