With the rapidly growing interest in improving environmental performance in new buildings, it is sometimes easy to forget the inherent environmental hazards posed by many development sites. The reality is that, following large-scale industrial restructuring over the past 20 years, many industrial and commercial developments now take place on or adjacent to land that was formerly put to contaminative use. In some parts of the UK, and especially in SE England, the available landbank is so small that sites are almost invariably redeveloped rather than developed for the first time. In other areas, naturally occurring pollutants such as radon can pose special problems for the developer. On some sites, health hazards from the electromagnetic fields generated by overhead power lines may need to be considered. These are the major issues addressed in this chapter.


Landfill Site Indoor Radon Green Building Lung Cancer Mortality Indoor Radon Concentration 
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