Code-Compliant, All-in-One Building Solution
On behalf of the consortium of Foam-Control Manufacturers located across the United States, AFM Corporation announced Radon Guard, an imperative ally in the battle against the toxic, and nearly omnipresent dangers of radon gas. Radon Guard is a dynamic product that mitigates radon and other subsurface gases through effective ventilation.
It simultaneously acts as an underslab insulation (R-10 min.), and provides a capillary break all in a single panel. Radon Guard enters the market as a first-of-it’s kind product incorporating a ventilation pipe and a soil-gas retarder to vent away radon and other dangerous gases while also benefiting from the thermal insulation properties and high compressive-strength of light-weight molded polystyrene (MPS) foam.
“Unfortunately, risk of exposure to radon is prevalent in much of the United States,” says AFM Corporation President, Mike Tobin. Radon is an odorless, tasteless, toxic gas that comes from the natural decay of uranium within rock and soil that seeps through the ground and into a building or home’s foundation. Radon Guard is recognized in UL Evaluation Report 11812-06 as a code compliant replacement for a 4-inch-thick granular fill material. “Radon is reported by the American Cancer Society to be the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S., just behind smoking. Radon Guard presents an easy to install, cost-effective, code-compliant mitigation strategy well-suited to any new construction application.”
Using a series of interconnected channels on the bottom of the Radon Guard panel, subsurface gases are directed to the ventilation pipe and safely directed outside. The channels provide a capillary break that allows water to move freely beneath the slab toward drainage while also venting out water vapors. The high compressive-strength of MPS allows Radon Guard to support structural loads of up to 390 psf. MPS’ exceptional insulating properties also enhances the building envelope, improves the performance of radiant floor heating systems, and contributes to LEED points.
Learn more at www.radon-guard.com.