Granite Radon Risk Downplayed

The Natural Stone Council (NSC), responding to recent news reports (including a story in the New York Times) that raised concerns over radon emissions from granite countertops, announced its support for granite as a safe material for use indoors (see Granite Safety Issue Rekindles).

NSC cited prior research and, most recently, an independent study funded by NSC member, the Marble Institute of America (MIA), and newly issued United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) statements.

The EPA’s Web site, in updated responses to a several questions about the danger of radon gas or associated radiation being emitted from granite countertops, states: “At this time, EPA does not believe sufficient data exist to conclude that the types of granite commonly used in countertops are significantly increasing indoor radon levels.”

Purchase to Remodel

Remodeler Provides Guidance

Renewal Construction, a full service remodeler in Decatur, Ga., has implemented a program to help homeowners decide on a home to purchase with plans to remodel.

The majority of homes in Atlanta and Decatur (80 and 87 percent, respectively) were built before 1980, and in Decatur, 60 percent were built before 1960, says Peter Michelson, CEO of Renewal

The Renewal 360 Program offers:

  • Referrals to reliable and trustworthy local real estate agents
  • Home site visits with the agent and client
  • Home evaluations based on lot size, zoning, variance issues, budget and financing
  • Connections with local partners, including home inspectors, surveyors, real estate agents, and financial institutions


Decorative Surfaces for Sale

Illinois Tool Works Inc. announced plans to sell its Decorative Surfaces unit, consisting of Wilsonart and related laminate businesses.

Founded in 1956, Wilsonart manufactures and distributes a variety of custom construction products for commercial, residential and renovation applications. Products include decorative laminate, solid surface, flooring, decorative materials, adhesives and custom edges. Wilsonart was acquired by ITW in 1999.

Product Advisory

Decking Materials

Louisiana-Pacific Corp. issued a product advisory for composite decking materials purchased after January 1, 2005, and made by LP at its Meridian, Idaho, facility.

Some of the product can prematurely deteriorate and break, posing a risk of injury to consumers, the company says. LP decking products, including deck board and railings sold under the names of LP WeatherBest, WeatherBest, ABTCo and Veranda are subject to this advisory.

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