Public and ecclesiastical buildings

The legal regulations on radon protection affect all buildings with recreation rooms or workplaces in the basement or first floor, such as official and service buildings, schools, universities, kindergartens, hospitals or care and welfare facilities.

In radon precautionary areas, special protection requirements will apply from 2021: If a reference value of 300 becquerels per cubic meter of indoor air is exceeded, measures to reduce the concentration must be initiated (§ 128 StrlSchG).

Leading experts from the WHO, the Federal Office for Radiation Protection and the Federal Environment Agency even advocate a reference value of only 100 becquerels per cubic meter.

For municipalities and all public building owners or operators, the legal situation offers not only obligations but also valuable opportunities: by identifying and minimizing radon-related risks at an early stage, they can send out a signal for responsible action. The more effective the protective measures, the more positively this initiative will be received by the affected groups of people and the general public.